four years ago today [2012.10.29]
i was on my way back to the coast this day. i went up to santa cruz and checked out the little beach area for a bit. it was nice to explore the coastal towns.. like in oregon, i felt i could just stay along the coast exploring for a while. i made my way south on california route 1 to pacific grove to meet with brooks, the former owner of the online kite aerial photography shop. i was purchasing one of his kits and had asked if i could meet him to pick it up as i didn't have a way to get mail on the road. he was really nice.. we chatted briefly when i met him and he told me about point lobos and a place nearby where i could see the monarch butterflies. i hadn't known about either.. i doubt i would've found the butterfly sanctuary without him telling me and may not have stopped at the green spot on the map where point lobos was had he not suggested it.
i went right over to the sanctuary afterwards, and then headed over to check out monterey. i had heard it was nice and pacific grove was right next door to it. the whole area was quite beautiful, with a coastal feel. thinking about that, i was just looking at the map and it looks like i drove right by asilomar, where wayne dyer's movie the shift was filmed, and didn't even know it.. i probably was following directions or looking at the map and totally missed it. i remember wayne dyer sharing the miracle of the monarch butterfly in one of his programs.. it was neat to get to see them in person.
from monterey, i drove along the coast back towards pacific grove to create a time-lapse of it as it was a beautiful drive. it was very wet from the dense fog there. i made my way over to carmel-by-the-sea, a quaint little town full of shops. i went by the beach for a few minutes then found a spot to park in town. as it was getting dark, i briefly walked around the area with the shops and then spent the night in my camper. to stay discrete, i didn't pop up the top and kept quiet. in places like this, especially as the days got shorter, i kept thinking how i'd blend in better and be less likely disturbed in a plain van.. luckily, no one bothered me in the camper.