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One of the reasons I decided to take this spectacular drive for the 17th time was that I haven’t seen the 17 mile drive since the fee was initiated. We found less traffic on the 17-mile-drive (map) after we turned off Highway 1. Highway One had become quite crowded on this November weekend day. The route is clearly marked and parking was available at the viewpoints This photo features the trademark Monterey Cypress. The photo was taken looking north from Cypress Point; looking South is Point Reyes.

Since my last visit to Carmel was from a sailboat anchored in Stillwater, I wanted to see this lovely cove again. At Cypress Point it was clear that we would have to turn back to the Pebble Beach Golf Course for this view. While the cove had lost its remote, end-of–the–world feeling, present on our 1969 visit; the Stillwater Bar & Grill view was still spectacular; the food was excellent and the service was terrible; all pretty much what I expected. I really enjoyed the Pappardelle Pasta with Dungeness Crab, Oven Roasted Tomatoes & Chives; Larry’s Dungeness Crab Louie was also great. He was also very impressed with the olive tampenade served with hot sour dough rolls.

I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that this spectacular section of the coast had been degraded into a Disneyland ride. I also muttered that they should use some of the fees to install underground utilities. Although I tried to tell myself that the fee was little different than a toll road, I still felt a bit resentful as did some of the reviewers of this drive. By the time we reached Asilomar State Beach in the early afternoon, parking was very limited. From there until we reached the excellent parking near the Monterey wharf, we weren’t able to stop for photos. Fortunately, Tom Trinko has covered
Pacific Grove
in stunning detail. He's even got a green flash. There are more photos in the theme; including Oliver's shot, which looke like it was taken near Asilomar.

According to Wikipedia, the lone cypress is the symbol of Pacific Grove; Phuoc, the fog expert, has captured it well rising out of the mist glowing in the sunset. Tomorrow we end this trip at the current ‘Cannery Row’

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