My friend and I are looking for adventure in the Carmel, Monterey, Santa Barbara area. We have four days and we'd like to shop and hike but are also looking to get off the beaten path and have some adventure.I have been searching online and have not found too many interesting things to do and honestly, I think I am not really sure about how far one town is from the next. Does one park themselves in Carmel and then visit the other two places during the day? Are they just a few minutes away from one another? We'd like to find a great place to stay but with all the reviews it appears while one has the most incredible experience somewhere there is another who ranks the same place as the worst accomodation they ever had. Help. Your suggestions are much appreciated.