San Diego Trip 2004

February 02, 2004

San Simeon Hotels From the Air

We decided to visit Hearst Castle on our way down to eTech next week. I found a list of hotels in the area, and after visiting each of their web sites we still couldn’t quite decide where to stay. Then it occurred to me; take a look from above! A quick visit to the California Coastline site, and we were all set. Our first choice was full, but we had no problems finding another nice room.

San Simeon Hotels from the air; click on the image for a much larger version.

San Simeon from the air
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February 07, 2004

Carmel to San Simeon

I’m writing this note from the Sands Hotel in San Simeon, near Hearst Castle. We had a very nice drive down today, with bright sunny weather and little traffic. Our first bit of good luck was the easy sailing through the Monterey area; the AT&T golf tournament at Pebble Beach had the potential to cause major traffic problems. After grabbing some bagels in Carmel we were ready for the highlight of the drive: the 90 miles from Carmel to San Simeon, hugging the cliffs of Big Sur the whole way. Along the way we saw some elephant seals and then spent a couple of hours touring Hearst Castle.

Big Sur

Big Sur

It was a beautiful day, sunny, bright and warm. Above are a couple of photos from the Big Sur area.

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

There were hundreds of elephant seals near San Simeon.

Hearst Castle


near pool Neptune Pool

Neptune Pool

garden walk main house

patio overlooking Pacific ocean

pool under tennis courts

A variety of images from Hearst Castle.

Zebras near Hearst Castle
There are semi-wild zebras in the area!
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February 16, 2004

San Diego Sun

The beautiful weather during the week of eTech04 continued through the Valentine’s Day weekend. We found ourselves returning more than once to both the La Jolla area and the Silver Strand State Beach on Coronado. La Jolla’s beauty is world famous and deservedly so. In addition to the windsurfers, we also found some interesting seashells at Silver Strand, including sand dollars.

Sunsets in the San Diego area were sure beautiful!

La Jolla Gold La Jolla Gold

La Jolla Gold.

catching air, windsurfing at silverstrand beach

sunset at silverstrand beach windsurfing at silverstrand beachSilver Strand Beach, windsurfing at sunset.
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