Thursday, February 02, 2006

Along the 17 mile drive

For the Christmas break in December, we were up in the Bay Area. Sunit's uncle-aunty had invited us all over for a family get together. After a few days of quality time with family we decided to drive back. And we decided to the drive along Pacific Highway 1 back to San Diego.

We had been on Highway 1 a couple of years back. And we were excited to do it again. I was most excited about the prospect of visiting Monterey and the 17 mile drive once again (my third visit to the place)

By paying a nominal $8 per vehicle, one can enter into this state park and drive along the curvy roads around some millionaire dollar homes that lead to some of the most amazing views of the Pacific coastline. Also visible from the drive is the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course.

This particular day was a bit cloudy and a little chilly too. It was breezy outside and the waves along the rocky coast looked pretty high at most places.

As we drove along these beautiful 17 miles in Monterey, we could just gape with our mouths open at the vastness and sereneness of the place. High waves, rocky beaches, gnarled trees and steadfast birds pirched on rocks in the ocean...

And last but not the least, this is also the home of "The Lone Cypress" tree - the symbol of California. A 250 year old cypress tree perched on a cliff in the ocean, it symbolizes strength and steadfastness and I guess that is the reason it has stood tall for so long.


Mridula said...

Pooja, I can imagine what a lovely drive it must have been! The pictures are so beautiful and my favorite is the second one.

Pooja Aggarwal said...

Thanks Mridula. It was indeed the most lovely drive. No wonder, I go back to it at every given chance, which is every time we do the drive from San Diego to San Jose.

Anonymous said...

Guess what :P I have become a regular reader of your blogs these days. Somehow I find your pics really cool. Might be because I love photography. My choice is the last one..Good job

- Sangeetha

Pooja Aggarwal said...

Thanks Sangeetha. My favorite is the last one too. Actually all 3 times that I have been to the Monterey Bay, I have always found this spot the most inspiring.

Anonymous said...

I came back to Az from california today. So it was fun to see your pictures.Very nice picture,
nikki in Az

Vj said...

Wow .. quite hard to believe
such a lonely tree