Breakfast at the Captain’s Inn was a multi-course affair with lemon scones, fresh fruit, sweet potato pancakes and chicken apple sausage …all prepared by our personable hostess, Melanie. We also enjoyed conversation with a couple from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who’d followed a SF-to-Monterey itinerary similar to ours, and a couple who lived on a ranch with Arabian horses in Gold Country before we departed with Melanie’s recommendations and customized directions for Point Lobos and Big Sur.
Point Lobos ($9.25 senior rate for our vehicle) is a State Reserve, which indicates it’s an area embracing outstanding natural or scenic characteristics of statewide significance – a living museum. The purpose is to preserve native ecological relationships, unique plant/animal life, geologic features and scenic qualities in an undisturbed condition with specific guidelines/restrictions for public enjoyment. Such an extraordinary gem on this final day of our vacation! We hiked Bird Island Trail to the sparkling jade-green waters of China Cove and Sea Lion Point and Sand Hill Trail and Cypress Grove Trail, where we were thrilled to spot spouts of mist of gray whales through our binoculars. This is such a remarkable place to take time to enjoy nature’s array…yet on a cliff with a dramatic ocean vista, we encountered a 60-something woman loudly gabbing away on her cell phone!