We're now in Los Angeles having spent the previous 4 days pottering down the Pacific coastal highway in a hire car.
The coastline here is spectacular, especially once the blue skies and sun returned. En route we camped in some beautiful State Park 'primitive' campsites. The primitive bit was fine (Fran's brother didn't complain about the after affects of no showers when we arrived in LA yesterday), but the morning temperatures required us to don hats and gloves to eat breakfast and pack up the tent.
We visited a few of the essential sights on our way down (the aquarium at Monterey, Hearst Castle at San Simeon and the Mission at Lompoc). We managed a bit of hiking - although the highest we got was 1,347 ft up Valencia Peak near Morro Bay. We also spotted a beach jam-packed with huge elephant seals and their pups and came across a grove of thousands of monarch butterflies which congregate once a year to mate among a few trees on the outskirts of Pismo Beach.
As we're in the LA area for the next six days, today we're just relaxing, washing clothes and catching up on emails. Oh, and Andy has sustained the first 'injury' of the trip ... a rather horrible tic bite.