After the mountains of Yosemite it was time for us to head back to the coast.  We put in a moderately long day of driving and ended up in Monterey at the Veterans Memorial Park camground.  This campground is right in the middle of the city, but felt like it was in the middle of nowhere.  Unfortunately we ended up with some heavy duty fog at low elevations… but we had some sights (other than the beach) to see the next morning anyway!

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First stop was Laguna Seca (Mazda Raceway).  Richard has watched many races on SPEED channel from here so we popped in for a look.  Not much was happening that morning but we were able to check out most of the track.  The corkscrew and Rahal straight were socked in with fog so we didn’t get a good look at the famous parts of this track.

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Then we drove over to the Earthbound Farms Farmstand.  We checked out the gardens while eating some of the organic frozen yogurt from the organic cafe.   DeskToGlory_Monterey-3 DeskToGlory_Monterey-4 DeskToGlory_Monterey-5 DeskToGlory_Monterey-6 DeskToGlory_Monterey-7

We then moved on to Big Sur.  This stretch of Highway 1 had mile after mile of epic coastline.  We did our best to avoid the other tourists that stopped at every single pullout for photos.  Luckily for us there was plenty of construction along this route so we were able to get out of the truck and take photos while we waited for our turn to pass through construction zones.  DeskToGlory_Monterey-8 DeskToGlory_Monterey-9

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Look who we ran into!  It was hard to miss Adventures in Skyhorse parked on the side of the road.  We stopped for a quick chat and continued our drive south.DeskToGlory_Monterey-12

This site was a lucky one for us to find.  It was up the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road about 40 minutes.  The road had countless switchbacks that took us well above the fog and clouds of the coast.  The sun was warm, the views were great, and the $0 price tag was significantly better than the $50 fee they wanted at the Big Sur state campground!DeskToGlory_Monterey-13 DeskToGlory_Monterey-14 DeskToGlory_Monterey-15 DeskToGlory_Monterey-16

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