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Old 05-05-2015, 04:51 PM   #81
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Alan, what kind of vehicle are you using?
Here is a photo of the car at the hotel in Moonstone Beach

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oops, it came in upside down, and I don't know how to turn it around. It's not upside down on my iPad.
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Maybe try turning your iPad upside down?
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Are you sure you aren't back in Australia?
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Here is a photo of the car at the hotel in Moonstone Beach

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oops, it came in upside down, and I don't know how to turn it around. It's not upside down on my iPad.
Even upside down, it looks like the Pelican Inn--is it??

Stayed there six weeks ago. Moonstone Beach is one of my favorites in all California! Hope you have a nice sunset tonight.
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Alan, it sounds like you are making good progress on your journey. Hopefully we'll have some sunshine in store for you when you make it to the Bay Area.
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Maybe try turning your iPad upside down?
The photo flips when I do that

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Even upside down, it looks like the Pelican Inn--is it??

Stayed there six weeks ago. Moonstone Beach is one of my favorites in all California! Hope you have a nice sunset tonight.
It is the Fireside Inn, and it is looking like it is indeed going to be a beautiful sunset.

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Alan, it sounds like you are making good progress on your journey. Hopefully we'll have some sunshine in store for you when you make it to the Bay Area.
Do your best with the weather for us, we'll be moseying up Big Sur tomorrow. 2 nights in Monterrey then onto Santa Clara to stay with a nephew and his wife of DW.
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We nipped out to Simeon Beach as we heard there may be elephant seals there and oh boy, hundreds of them. What a great sight. (not to mention the smell and the noise, and several young adults practicing their sparring)
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I drove down Big Sur from San Francisco in 1999. The elephant seals were very impressive. You are right by San Simeon (Hearst Castle) which I found fascinating, but may not be to your taste.

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I drove down Big Sur from San Francisco in 1999. The elephant seals were very impressive. You are right by San Simeon (Hearst Castle) which I found fascinating, but may not be to your taste.

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Hearst Castle is our next destination. We'll probably pass Mr. and Mrs. Alan on 101.
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I drove down Big Sur from San Francisco in 1999. The elephant seals were very impressive. You are right by San Simeon (Hearst Castle) which I found fascinating, but may not be to your taste.

Happy motoring!
We did consider it but decided to skip it. A couple of years ago we visited Scotty's Castle in Death Valley which was excellent.

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We nipped out to Simeon Beach as we heard there may be elephant seals there and oh boy, hundreds of them. What a great sight. (not to mention the smell and the noise, and several young adults practicing their sparring)
That's amazing! I'd seen them on offshore islands, but had no idea they would cover mainland beaches in such numbers!
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Check out Backcountry Navigator for a hiking app. It allows you to download topo maps and trail tracks so you don't need a cell signal while in the back country.
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Check out Backcountry Navigator for a hiking app. It allows you to download topo maps and trail tracks so you don't need a cell signal while in the back country.
Thanks, I'll look into it but I downloaded Gaia GPS a few weeks back and it does the same. It works really well, as long as you remember to download the area you need before going out of range of cell coverage, which I forgot to do once, although once we cleared the trees and got to he top I had cell coverage again and was able to get a map before descending.
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After a week in California we have now arrived at our first booked condo where we will be for a week, Rainbow Rock beach, just north of Brookings, SW Oregon. For the first time since we set off we'll be able to unpack our suitcases. The condo is a 2 bed place with a separate detached garage and overlooks the ocean, with a footpath down to the beach. I've attached a photo from our balcony.

The weather is cold and misty so I hope it improves so that the views are more like those on the website.

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After a week in California we have now arrived at our first booked condo where we will be for a week, Rainbow Rock beach, just north of Brookings, SW Oregon. For the first time since we set off we'll be able to unpack our suitcases. The condo is a 2 bed place with a separate detached garage and overlooks the ocean, with a footpath down to the beach. I've attached a photo from our balcony.

The weather is cold and misty so I hope it improves so that the views are more like those on the website.

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I have never made it to Oregon, Washington or Alaska. Hope to get up that way one of these days. It looks beautiful there. I hope the weather improves for you. Our weather basically went from winter to spring for a few days and is supposed to be high 80s today. I keep wondering what happened to our 4 seasons.
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I just clicked on the link for where you are staying. That place looks so nice. The hiking trails and being able to walk to the beach is perfect! You should have a fantastic time there. Enjoy!
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The sun has got his hat on, and we're going out to play....

Glorious morning today, what a perfect view while eating breakfast. My wife has just come through with the binoculars so we can watch a couple of boats with guys fishing.
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Have fun Alan - that place looks like a comfy spot to spend a week.
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Alan, I am enjoying your posts here. I hope you continue to update so we can all follow along on your adventures.
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