This continues the letter dated 20 August 1965, which began:
Thursday 26th August
Arrived here today after having driven from a place called Big Sur where we stayed the night. We collected the van yesterday and were relieved to find that the bill was surprisingly light – $75.64. So it won’t take us too long to recoup that amount.
We drove up the coast road (US 1) and the scenery was fantastic. The road is carved out of the cliff and on one side there is a sheer drop of about 300ft. Below is the Pacific, very calm and very blue.
We were able to see quite a bit of scenery before the infamous Californian fog took over, and blotted everything out!! This fog is terrible. A few yards inland and it is bright and sunny, but down on the beach and it’s thick cold fog. It’s really amazing. It just seems to stay there all day. It’s something to do with the hot valley behind the mountains and the cool sea breeze.
Luckily, the town of Monterey was in sunshine when we arrived and has stayed that way ever since. It’s a fabulous place. It’s very Mexican and has a beautiful harbour which is quaint and old-fashioned and unlike anything else I have seen on the coast in the US. It is by far the nicest seaside resort town yet.
The weather is very pleasant, a cool 69 degrees, and apparently it stays like that all the year round. The only fault with the weather is the fog which is worse in the summer than the winter. The winters here are far more pleasant than in summer.
There are hundreds of seals or sea lions barking away on a breakwater out in the harbour, and many people catching many big fish.
To be continued…
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