The day after our night in the Walmart parking lot, we drove through Napa with its many vineyards, tourists and nice restaurants. It is beautiful and the small towns are very upscale. But here, too, it is incredibly hot.
Relief finally comes when we get to the Bay Area.
Big Dog wanted to look at some properties in the Carmel Valley, so we take the Laureles Grade to Carmel Valley, then to Monterey to stay at his friends M and S’s place. Big Dog met M and her partner at that time while he was traveling through Central and South America, probably in Ecuador. Now, she is a silver haired lady with a funny, former hippie husband and Gracie, their corgi princess.
Their house in an old residential neighborhood has a huge lot below where we can boondock while going on our properties scout.
Monterey is sunny while we are there but the Carmel coast is fogged in and surprisingly busy. The fog is fine. The crowds are not. Guess we won’t be moving here!
Two days later, we are back on the road, going down Highway 1 as it hugs the coast, through the cliffs of Big Sur, the beaches of San Simeon and beyond. It is busy with summertime traffic but still gorgeous.
We try to get back to the Ranch before the sun sets but it beats us and we drive the last few miles in the dark.