California’s Central Coast; A Photographer’s Paradise Page 2
The rest of our trip will take us up Scenic Highway 1 but there's much of interest back on US Highway 101 as well. An extended itinerary might be north on Highway 1 to Monterey and then a leisurely return south on US Highway 101 to Santa Barbara.
North of Morro Bay you'll enter what has been called California's Magic Kingdom. A very touristy, but thoroughly charming, spot is Cambria. Again, great restaurants, quaint inns, and places where you can get all the ingredients for a seaside picnic. Stop at Linn's Fruit Bin and try the cobbler...mmmmmmm!
If you have never visited Hearst Castle you really should try to include it
on your itinerary. Continuing north will bring you to the Big Sur Coast. Sur
is Spanish for south and every inch is fantastic. Take your time and explore;
you won't be disappointed.
The next town of any size is Carmel. Point Lobos State Reserve is just south of town and is a must see. Adams described it as the most beautiful confluence of land and sea in the world. Plan on spending some of your time in Carmel gallery hopping. Start with Photography West on Dolores Street and pick up a gallery guide while you're there. If you have a spare $150,000 you can also pick up a copy of Moonrise Over Hernandez, signed by the man himself.
This trip is great anytime of the year but I'll let you in on a local secret. The best weather happens in the fall, right after the tourists have gone home, or in the spring, before they arrive. Summer tends to be overcast due to the marine influence and while winter is usually mild it is possible to get a week or more of rain at a time. However, winter swells can produce some very dramatic waves to add spice to those ocean landscapes.
I've barely touched on a few of the sights, but then again half the fun of a trip like this is the discovery of new delights. Just be sure to bring lots of film or plenty of memory cards. Good shooting, and don't eat too much chowder.