We stopped at 17 mile drive after driving CA-1 to Big Sur - so we may well have been spoiled and having beautiful scenery fatigue. However, we heard from everyone we met on the trip that their trip there was very foggy, and we waited all week to find good weather but it wasn't quite possible. The drive itself just lasted much longer than was needed to see the key points. Paying $10 to drive through someone's neighborhood was also weird - I liked being at a state park where we could stop, get water, and use a restroom without getting weird looks from the dining room staff at the clubhouse. The beachfront views for some reason had strnger smells of bird poop and animals than anywhere else we had been all over the coastline, from Santa Cruz to Julia Pfeiffer State Park.
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