Our last day on the Central Coast is spent at Hearst Castle. As a first time visitor with limited mobility (Plantar fasciitis) my choice was the Grand Rooms Tour. I ordered tickets online, and arrived ready for an early morning tour.
Woke up to plenty of fog. It actually felt like a misty continuous rain.
Our group met at the Visitor Center where we hopped on a bus to take us from the coast up the winding road to Hearst Castle.
Our enthusiastic docent met us outside. Group of tourists seem rather reluctant.
Neptune’s Pool under renovation. Use the imagination and wait for a sunnier day.
I liked the way this image takes you along as a tourist.
Taking photographs during a walking tour I needed to up my ISO (lighting sensitivity).
Dark colors, dim lighting, and dreary day gives the room as sleepy feeling. Doors and windows are elegant.
The dining room. The docent explains that Hearst sat in the middle with his most important guest to the his right. The longer a guest stayed the further away he was seated.
This is where you sat if you overstayed your welcome. The End.
After dinner activity before a movie. Can you guess what this is?
This pool is quite spectacular.
Once outside I had to keep my camera safe from the elements. I grabbed these quick shots. I would have loved to spend more time outside.
I just love walking around and seeing all the landscaping.
The fog added so much to this image.
Beautiful Entry Door
When cold even the marble statue has a drippy nose.
Well my foot has had a workout.
I am so impressed with the way the fog and light made these flowers pop.
Gardeners hard at work
Hurrying through the garden cause of the rainy mist
The Hearst still have a cattle ranch at San Simeon, and retain much of the land.
I say good bye to Hearst Castle. There is much to see, but I am not sure I will be back.
I enjoyed my stay in Cambria. Moonstone Beach may call my name again.
White Water Inn in Cambria
Now for the 6 hour drive home to Fair Oaks. Passing some lovely landscapes. I caught these images from the car window.
Home and time to settle in for the hot summer.