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Big Sur Travellers from Down Under

hile living in Australia (the west side, not the now world renown Sydney that was home to the Olympics!) we ourselves have no shortage of coastlines, beaches and indeed forests (albeit shrinking in size), we really enjoyed our experience driving down the coast from San Francisco to Big Sur via Monterey and Carmel, with many aspects unique or variations of what we have "back home". The coastal drive was fantastic (and yes we did stay on the right side of the road, despite all the twists and turns), particularly the amazing cliff contours - a replenishing contrast to the hustle and bustle of our days in San Francisco . And the directions provided by Pelican were spot on! We loved walking the streets of Carmel but regrettably having two very young and bouncy boys prevented entry into many of the art galleries.

Big Sur, and the Big Sur Lodge was even better than we had expected - I loved that pine needle smell from some of the trees - we had spent two weeks in the Canadian Rockies a month before and hadn't recalled it having as authentic forest smell! We walked a number of the trails nestled amongst those majestic redwoods and spotted some birds that we had never seen before (including a woodpecker pecking). our only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend there and when (if!) the Australian dollar ever recovers against the US dollar we would love to visit this fantastic area of California again.

Lisa and Rod Wood - Perth, Western Australia


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