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Aug 23 2015
Randal_Schulha
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Big Sur Coastline CA Redux - August 2015, CA 
Big Sur Coastline CA Redux - August 2015, CA
 
Backpack avatar Aug 23 2015
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack59.93 Miles 3,300 AEG
Backpack59.93 Miles7 Days         
3,300 ft AEG
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1st trip
Big Sur Coastline CA Redux - August 2015

For my 1000th trip log on HAZ, needed something extraordinary (within reason). Saddened by our recent loss of Skippy our Springer Spaniel, maybe trip along Big Sur Coastline with a loop thru Yosemite would set things right...

Ahwatukee to Avila Beach CA is 575 miles, 9 hrs, 34 min per Google Maps
Avila Beach to Lucia CA is 91 miles, 2 hrs, 30 min per Google Maps
Lucia CA to Monterey CA is 54 miles, 1 hrs, 45 min per Google Maps

Monterey to Yosemite Village is 201 miles, 4 hrs, 2 min per Google Maps
Yosemite Village to Bishop CA is 139 miles, 2 hrs, 57 min per Google Maps
Bishop CA to Ahwatukee home is 584 miles, 8 hrs, 42 min via Palm Springs


Itinerary goes here...
Big Sur CA – August 2015

Saturday 8/22 – prep day…

Sunday 8/23 – Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach CA – confirmation number 244101678, King Master Suite Deluxe Ocean Front Patio Room. avilalighthousesuit ... .com Drive from home to Avila Beach is 575 miles, 8 hrs 43 min per Google Maps

Monday 8/24 – Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach CA – beach day, explore San Luis (Avila) Lighthouse :next: sanluislighthouse.org/ NOTE: hike permit required. Point Buchon Trail an alternative. pge.modwest.com/pge ... id=4 Reservations Thursday to Monday. Located north of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, north of Point San Luis lighthouse

Tuesday 8/25 – Lucia Lodge, Lucia CA - confirmation number (12103) and your reference number (IRS007831008560). Room #10 – Honeymoon Cottage http://www.lucialodge.com Avila Lighthouse Suites to Lucia Lodge is 90 miles, 2 hrs 1 min per Google Maps. Monastery :next: hermitagebigsur.com

Wednesday 8/26 – Lucia Lodge, Lucia CA - confirmation number (12105) and your reference number (IRS007831086695). Room #2 – Partial Ocean View Room http://www.lucialodge.com

Thursday 8/27 – Monterey Marriott, Monterey CA – confirmation number 93332298. Bay view, king bed room.marriott.com/hotels ... ott/ Lucia Lodge to Monterey Marriott is 54 miles, 1 hr 22 min per Google Maps. Point Sur Lighthouse tours @ 10am on Thursdays :next: http://www.pointsur.org/ (1st come, 1st served, no reservations).

Friday 8/28 – Monterey Marriott, Monterey CA – Monterey Aquarium day, evening whale watch cruise montereybayaquarium ... .com

Saturday 8/29 – check out Monterey Marriott, Monterey CA – drive home is 709 miles, 10 hrs 50 min per Google Maps

Sunday 8/30 – recover at home…



Sunday August 23rd - Ahwatukee to Avila Beach CA
Fitbit distance = 6.67 miles, AEG = 250 feet (25 floors)
Early morning getaway on I-10 to CA210 @ Redlands onto CA101 @ I-405 in Sherman Oaks. Continue along CA101 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Avila Beach turnoff before San Luis Obispo...

Avila Lighthouse Suites base camp (Martin Resorts) :next: avilalighthousesuit ... 48:s and martinresorts.com

HAZ hikes
1. Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: [ description ]
2. Pecho Coast Trail :next: [ description ]
3. Point San Luis Lighthouse Trail :next: [ description ]
4. Oceano Dunes & Preserve :next: [ description ]
5. Big Sur Coastline Highway :next: [ description ]


Monday August 24th - Avila Beach CA and Surrounding Area
Fitbit distance = 14.97 miles, AEG = 859 feet (85 floors)
Early morning stroll along Avila Beach. Headed over to Montana de Oro State Park to explore what is called the "southern most stretch of Big Sur Coastline". Back at our Avila Lighthouse Suites base camp to eat dinner and watch the sun set from our room balcony patio...

HAZ hikes
1. Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: [ description ]
2. Point Buchon Trail :next: [ description ]
3. Sand Spit Beach (Montana de Oro State Park) :next: [ description ]


Tuesday August 25th - Avila Beach CA to Lucia CA
Fitbit distance = 9.22 miles, AEG = 660 feet (66 floors)
Early morning stroll along Avila Beach. Debated about putting Salmon Creek Falls on the itinerary but talked ourselves out of it given the dry/fire conditions. Hung out most of the afternoon at Sand Dollar Beach - one of my fav Big Sur spots! 31st wedding anniversary at honeymoon suite at Lucia Lodge room #10 :next: http://www.lucialodge.com Lucia Lodge recommendations :next: lucialodge.com/acti ... html Watch the sun set from Lucia Lookout after watching 3 humpback whales cruise by between the kelp beds and being swooped by California condors...

HAZ hikes
1. Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: [ description ]
2. Moonstone Beach :next: [ description ]
3. Elephant Seal Beach Vista :next: [ description ] and hikinginbigsur.com/ ... html
4. Point Sierra Nevada Beach :next: [ description ]
5. Ragged Point :next: [ description ]
6. Willow Creek (jade and gold prospecting) :next: [ description ] and hikinginbigsur.com/ ... html
7. Jade Cove Beach :next: hikinginbigsur.com/ ... html
8. Sand Dollar Beach :next: [ description ] and hikinginbigsur.com/ ... html
9. Pacific Valley Flats :next: [ description ]
10. Mill Creek Picnic Area :next: [ description ]
11. Lucia Lookout :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged


Wednesday August 26th Lucia CA and Local Surroundings
Fitbit distance = 6.78 miles, AEG = 440 feet (44 floors)
Early morning whale watching through the fog at Lucia Lookout while sipping on Starbucks coffee brewed in our room. Need to move our gear from Room#10 to Room#2 - thanks to housekeeper Rindy for making us a priority. Headed to the Hermatige near Lucia and arrived at the Book Store and Visitor Center @ 11:30am just as it is closing for 1 1/2 hr lunch break. Oh well, off to Pfeiffer State Beach for the afternoon (found the hidden entrance for Sycamore Canyon Road -hint; its paved and unsigned just north of the Shell Gas Station/Market) followed by some mega-whale watching at Partington Cove. Gassed up in Big Sur - yikes - $5.59 per gallon! I don't think I've ever paid that much for a gallon of gas, even in Europe! Cobbled up a picnic dinner at Lucia Lodge watching the sunset sans whales...

HAZ hikes
1. Lucia Lookout :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
2. Hermitage :next: [ description ] and contemplation.com
3. McWay Falls Trails :next: [ description ]
4. Partington Cove Trail :next: [ description ]
5. Pfeiffer Beach via Sycamore Canyon Road (the only ungated paved road the west side of PCH between Big Sur post office and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park) :next: bigsurcalifornia.or ... html and [ description ]


Thursday August 27th Lucia CA to Monterey CA
Fitbit distance = 12.18 miles, AEG = 690 feet (69 floors)
Early morning whale watching sans fog at Lucia Lookout. Headed to the Hermatige near Lucia and arrived at the Book Store and Visitor Center @ 8am just as it is opening! On the PCH before 9am to head to the first-come-first-served tour of Point Sur Lighthouse :next: http://www.pointsur.org Tom was our outstanding volunteer docent for the 3 hour "behind the scenes, step back in history" tour. After the tour, headed to Point Lobos :next: http://www.pointlobos.org where we saw humpback whales, otters, more humpback whales, deer, and even more humpback whales in full body breach - awesome! After grabbing dinner in Sand City, checked into our Monterey Marriott room#710 base camp :next: marriott.com/hotels ... ott/

HAZ hikes
1. Lucia Lookout :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
2. Hermitage :next: [ description ]
3. Point Sur Lighthouse :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
4. Bixby Bridge :next: [ description ]
5. Point Lobos (China Cove, Whalers Knoll, etc) :next: [ description ]
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6. Monterey Walking Tour :next: [ description ]


Friday August 28th Monterey CA
Fitbit distance = 7.21 miles, AEG = 290 feet (29 floors)
Spend the day at Monterey Aquarium :next: montereybayaquarium ... .org chatted with the BBC/PBS film crew shooting clips for "Big Blue Live" that will air this Monday 8/31 :next: pbs.org/big-blue-li ... ome/
Happy hour at Peter B’s Brew Pub :next: portolahotel.com/pe ... pub/ (Stout Resistance with Buffalo Chili and Monterey Jack Cheese highly recommended) where we caught the Jays game (totally smoked the Tigers). Full moon walk along Cannery Row and the waterfront...

HAZ hikes
1. Monterey Bay Aquarium :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
2. Monterey Walking Tour :next: [ description ]


Saturday August 29th Monterey CA to Ahwatukee AZ
Fitbit distance = 3.81 miles, AEG = 120 feet (12 floors)
Get away home day aborting route through Yosemite. Plotted route from Monterey to Paso Robles to Bakersfield to Barstow via Tehachapi Pass and onto Needles via I-40, then CA95 to Parker AZ with connecting road onto I-10 at Vicksburg and onto Phoenix - 731 miles per Google Maps, 10 hr 48min drive time...
Found Tobin James Cellar Winery in Paso Robles (curious combo for our daughter Tobyn and her boyfriend James :next: m.tobinjames.com/hi ... .php ).

HAZ hikes
1. Monterey Bay Aquarium :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
2. Tehachapi Mountain Pass Trail :next: [ description ]
3. Parker Dam :next: [ description ]



TOTALS
Sunday 8/23 = 6.67 miles, 250 AEG
Monday 8/24 = 14.07 miles, 850 AEG
Tuesday 8/25 = 9.22 miles, 660 AEG
Wednesday 8/26 = 6.78 miles, 440 AEG
Thursday 8/27 = 12.18 miles, 690 AEG
Friday 8/28 = 7.21 miles, 290 AEG
Saturday 8/29 = 3.81 miles, 129 AEG
TOTAL = 59.93 miles, 3300 AEG


170 Avila Beach iPhone photos
148 Lucia iPhone photos
136 Monterey iPhone photos
241 Canon 7D photos
320 Canon 6D photos
167 Canon Rebel XT photos
TOTAL = 1182 photos
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Nov 04 2012
Oregon_Hiker
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73 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Point Buchon TrailCentral Coast, CA
Central Coast, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2012
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking7.50 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
180 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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My son and I hiked this trail on a beautiful fall day. The trail is well groomed, easy to follow and virtually no elevation gain. The views of the ocean shoreline were well worth the hike although there are many other hiking opportunites in Montana de Oro State Park which you pass through on the way to the trail head. My interest in this trail was a chance to get a look at the Point Diablo Nuclear Power Plant which can be seen from the trail end. We checked in at the entrance gate and signed the waiver to release PG&E from any liability for anything that might happen - like falling off a seaside cliff, nuclear plant melt down, etc. We enjoyed a leisurely hike but were told by a PG&E employee to get moving to avoid being late for the 3:45 pm closing time. He had forgotten to reset his watch for the end of day-light-savings time on that day and we actually had an extra hour. But it was nice to know they were looking out for our well being. He later realized his mistake and was waiting at the entrance gate to apologize when we left.
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