one trip EVERY month challenge: the 17-mile drive at pebble beach

Monday, January 6:  After leaving Monterey, Jayne and I head to 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, claimed to be one of the most famous scenic drives in the world.  The drive takes us through the Del Monte Forest and along the Pacific Coast.

According to the Pebble Beach brochure, horse-drawn carriages explored 17-Mile-Drive before people commonly used automobiles.  They started from the famous Hotel Del Monte, which is now the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

The restless sea off Point Joe
The restless sea off Point Joe

Our first stop is Point Joe.  Early mariners often crashed upon these rocks, after mistakenly believing this was the entrance to Monterey Bay.  Underwater rocks cause a lot of foaming and frothing here, making for quite a dramatic scene.  To the north, we can see Spanish Bay, where Don Gaspar de Portola, the Spanish explorer, and his crew camped in 1769 while searching for Monterey Bay.

view from Point Joe
view from Point Joe
An artist at Point Joe
An artist at Point Joe
Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay
view from Point Joe
view from Point Joe

Looking inland, we can see the Spyglass Hill Golf Course, punctuated by cypress trees along the fringes.

Cypress trees along 17-mile drive
Cypress trees along 17-mile drive

Further south, we stop to take pictures of the rocky coastline in the waning sunlight.

View from Bird Rock
View from Bird Rock

In 1542, the explorer Cabrillo called this point of land Cabo de Nieve — Cape Snow — to describe the white landscape before him.  No one’s sure what he saw.  In 1774, Tomas de la Pena, a missionary, gave this western-most point on the Monterey Peninsula the name Le Punta de cipresses, or Cypress Point.  The name stuck and became official in 1967.

In my eyes, what Cabrillo saw were the white trunks of the cypress trees along the shore here.

View from Cypress Point Overlook
View from Cypress Point Overlook
from Cypress Point Overlook
from Cypress Point Overlook
view from Cypress Point Overlook
view from Cypress Point Overlook

The Lone Cypress is one of California’s most enduring landmarks, prevailing here on this rocky perch for more than 250 years.

The Lone Cypress
The Lone Cypress
The Lone Cypress
The Lone Cypress
Jayne at the Lone Cypress
Jayne at the Lone Cypress
Cypress trees
Cypress trees
cypress trees along 17-mile drive
cypress trees along 17-mile drive
more cypress trees
more cypress trees

We continue on as the sun sets to Pescadero Point, where we can see Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove.

Pescadero Point with views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove
Pescadero Point with views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove
Pescadero Point with views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove
Pescadero Point with views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove

We love this house with glass windows overlooking the bay.

House of glass
House of glass
Pescadero Point with views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove
Pescadero Point with views of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove

We head into the charming town of Carmel, where we have wine and a cheese platter (Assiette de Charcuterie et Fromages: seasonal artisan cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, assorted cured meats and cornichons) at the bar at the cozy Grasing’s.

After this it seems a long, long drive back to Danville.  At this point we’re further south than we were in Monterey, so it takes us nearly two hours to get back to Jayne’s house.

To read more about 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, see: Pebble Beach Resorts: 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach.

This post is in response to Marianne’s One trip EVERY month challenge.

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30 thoughts on “one trip EVERY month challenge: the 17-mile drive at pebble beach

  1. Love the glass house – inspired by the one built by Frank Lloyd Wright I guess. I’d love to live there! You obviously enjoyed the drive more than I did. I was pretty disappointed after all the hype Americans give it as it seemed no more than a pleasant drive through several very expensive golf-courses, with OK views, but nothing spectacular. I’m surprised that it is so popular. Carmel is pretty in a twee English sort of way; a shame you didn’t visit the Mission there – maybe next time 🙂

    I see you have also changed your theme – I like the colours but not sure about the pale grey text. It might be difficult for some people to read. Anyway just my thoughts!
    J xx

    1. Yes, I bet you’re right about that glass house, Jude. I’d love to live there too, as long as I was always aware that everyone in the world could see my goings-on. 🙂

      I found it quite beautiful mainly b/c of the cypress forests, which were quite ghostlike with their white trunks.

      I thought I’d experiment with this new theme that just came out yesterday. I like the colors. But I’m not sure if I can change the color of the text. I’ll check. Thanks for your comment. My other theme, Able, b/c the pics were so large, took too long to upload, I thought I’d try a theme with slightly smaller pictures. A work in progress. 🙂

      1. I haven’t had time to see if there’s another option yet, Jude, but I”ll check on it soon. Right now, I’m enamored with the way the colors pop, but I may get sick of it as some point. 🙂

  2. I am planning to be in that area this summer…looking forward to a totally different scene. I did the coastal drive about 15 hrs ago (on the back of a motorcycle), from San Diego to Monterey. The beauty in many places was stunning. We even backtracked one day because the sun had come out while the day before everything was fogged in.

    1. Yes, and this isn’t the best of it, not even remotely. I wish I had had more time there; I went from north to south of the entire state about 30+ years ago and I remember a lot, but I hardly had enough time on this trip.

  3. Your images make me want to hop on a plane and visit that area again. I love the Lone Cypress Tree and probably have a dozen or so photos of it somewhere. Mine were taken before the era of digital photography, though, and it would take some digging to find them.

    1. I know what you’re talking about because the last time I was in CA was over 30 years ago. I don’t even know where those pictures are — probably buried in a box in my basement somewhere.

  4. Wow, wow, wow. These photos are stunning! And I’m curious to see you using the new theme. Gosh, it looks amazing. And I have NO problem reading, and I’m feeling nearly blind when I read a lot of other blogs. This is lovely! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy. I was attracted right away to that new theme because of the way the colors popped. I hope it will work out well, but if not, I won’t hesitate to change it on a whim. I’m glad you don’t have trouble reading the gray type. Thanks and hugs right back to you! 🙂

  5. The skies are fabulous, Cathy- especially that first one at Point Joe. I’ll have that glass house if Jude doesn’t want it. I love those limpid colours. Such a beautiful post! 🙂 Hugs!

    1. I may be fighting you and Jude for that house, Jo! I guess I was there in the blue light, which always puts a different tint on things.

      By the way, I tried to do that black border on pictures using the advanced setting, but I didn’t know what to put in the box. I tried typing “yes” but that didn’t work. Pray, do tell! 🙂

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