Let’s explore the central coast of California as I make my way north on Highway One, from the beach with the elephant seals towards Big Sur and the Monterey peninsula. This is day 4 of the adventure, if you want to go back to part 12 to consult the handy map I posted.
I stopped and made some new friends bellow Hearst Castle. That place is crazy. You should Google it.
I like making friends. I am not so shy with the furry ones.
Happy sea horses. HA!
I am not exactly sure when the coast of California becomes the central or Northern California.
There must be official dividing lines. Somebody should Google that too.
But I do know there is a vast difference between Southern and Northern California, especially on the coast.
For one thing, you get a lot more fog.
The hills go from dry, desert environment to something that reminds me of the Scottish Highlands.
And there is a wildness to everything.
There are a lot more trees.
The Pacific Ocean changes.
No more white sand beaches with palm trees and warm water.
It feels more sullen a lot of the time.
But we can discuss all that as we drive North.
I think the “line” separating Northern and Southern California begins at the Bay Area. Another way to tell may be the odor of Botox as you head south along the PCH. 🙂
HA! So does central California spread equally on both sides of the Bay Area?