Take a Walk in Monterey - From Asilomar to 17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive is a famous tourist track in Carmel near Monterey, California.  I was lucky enough to be attending a conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds right on the beach.  Each morning I'd wake up early due to the jet lag (for once I was thankful for it!) and take a dawn walk along the water.   Most mornings, I'd go north and east but one morning I decided to go in the opposite direction from Asilomar and set out to the west.   
Beach at Asilomar
I followed the road for about 2 minutes until I came upon a deep sandy trail.  The trail snaked past hardy plants and crashing waves in the pre-dawn glow.
Pre-Dawn glow on the beach at Asilomar
As the sun burst onto the scene and I watched sea otters frolic in the surf, I realized that I'd wandered onto 17-Mile Drive.  
Sunrise in Monterey - 17-Mile Drive
I walked all the way out to China Rock where I met this little fellow.
All along the route, I was impressed by the shadowy cypress trees bent by years of assault by the wind.
On the way back to Asilomar, I noticed these piles of rock runes left by previous hikers and thought about just how lucky I was to be experiencing this.  
Here's the route that I followed if you find yourself in the neighborhood and up early.  I can highly recommend the experience!

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Take a Walk in Monterey - From Asilomar to 17-Mile Drive
Take a walk in Monterey County, from Asilomar to 17-Mile Drive. A photo-rich post written by travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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