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Central Coast California

When it comes to the magnificence of nature, few landscapes send me into awe like the Central Coast of California.  Although my former Californian self might be a bit biased, but I think many adventure travelers will agree with me about this.  Within a stretch of less than 60 miles, the spectacular coastline of Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur will render you breathless.  Cradled with the majestic beauty of Big Sur, a scenic drive reveals the tender beauty of delicate Carmel and the small-town charm of Monterey and I’m left absolutely stunned.

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I leave you with this beautiful quote from Edward Abbey: “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”