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We woke up today 100 miles south of Monterey in San Simeon. It was a long curvy drive down nearly reminding me of The Road to Hana. We drove up to the Hearst Castle but it wasn’t going to work. Its a 2-hour “can’t turn back” tour that the kids would have went bonkers during. Plus, it looks like more of an estate on a hill vs. a castle. Oh well.

A few miles north of the castle, we pulled off to check out the Elephant Seal Vista. Will anyone be there? Oh, probably a few — HUNDRED!

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These were big seals and they were all over the beach as far as you could see. Oddly, they were perfectly quiet. Not a peep. Everyone was fast asleep except for an occasional look up to see who was taking pictures now.

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Their faces were very different vs. the other “bottle” seals we just saw and their sea lion cousins.

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We drove up to Big Sur and hiked through a couple of parks.

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Then down to the beach for the sunset. A fitting conclusion to a long trek back through our old California turf.

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