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.
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.
Looking inland, we can see the Spyglass Hill Golf Course, punctuated by cypress trees along the fringes.
Further south, we stop to take pictures of the rocky coastline in the waning sunlight.
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.
The Lone Cypress is one of California’s most enduring landmarks, prevailing here on this rocky perch for more than 250 years.
We continue on as the sun sets to Pescadero Point, where we can see Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove.
We love this house with glass windows overlooking the bay.
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.