The Collins Family

The Collins Family

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pacific Coast hwy Day 3

Some people drive it....

Some people (crazy) ride it....

But regardless it is breathtaking!!

Julia Pfeiffer State Park

McKay Falls (below)

Bixby Creek Bridge - In 1932 when bridge was finished it was the longest concrete arch.

The picture below is where I was when I took the above picture. You can see a man in a dark shirt on the cliff portion, who was fishing.

Point Lobos

OTTERS, OTTERS, I'm sure there are otters....or maybe that's just kelp....

Across the water on the island there were hundreds of sea lions you could hear barking during our leisure hike around the park.

Dinner at Carmel by the Sea

On my last day in Cali I woke up to the most beautiful sunrise in Santa Cruz just out our window. It was an incredible trip! One I hope to do again.

I must give credit, where credit is due....the pictures in my post of the coastal hwy were a combination of mine, my mom's & my aunt Shirley's. Thank you for sharing your pics & thanks for a great vacation!

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Location:Big Sur

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hearst Castle

Also known as "La Cuesta Encanta", The Enchanted Hill. Heatst Castle was designed by Julie Morgan for William Hearst between 1919-1947.

“Miss Morgan, we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something"  William Hearst.

They even had a zoo!!  With polar kangaroos and zebras, can you imagine having that in your back yard?  The area below held bears (polar bears, black bears, sun bears...), lions, tiger, jaguars, leopards, monkeys, tapirs and even elephants!  The zoo was dismantled and animals were sent to San Diego zoo in 1937.  There are still zebras wandering around the castle in the fields! 

The casa de grand (above) contains 38 bedrooms and is 68,500 square feet.

People like Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplain & Winston Churchill.  During the tour the told us that as the guest were required to come to dinner everynight, the first night there, they would sit next to the host and hostess, then move one seat down every day, when they got to the last seat at the table, it was time for them to leave.

Part of the private movie theater that movie stars guests would show their movies

 (Above) One of 4 guest houses with a total of 46 rooms.

The Roman pool (above) was GORGEOUS!! The tiles were inlaid with gold and almost glowed.

Overall it was a very impressive tour and I think Mr. Hearst definitely got something "a little more" than a tent!

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Location:San Simeon