The Honeymooners – From Pebble Beach to Pasta Moon

17 Jul

Day two of the honeymoon brought a trip down California Highway 1, which follows the coast. This is a road that I have long wanted to drive, and I was about to hit a short stretch of it. We left out in the morning with the fog still covering the coast, and Necole kept talking about how different it was from the beaches that she was accustomed to seeing.

Around here, most people go to the beaches on the gulf coast. To me, they look like any other beach. Flat. Sand. Small waves. Hotels and condos everywhere. This coast was different. Cliffs dove into the water. Beaches formed between cliffs and were guarded by rock outcroppings. It was completely different, and, in my opinion, more beautiful.Honeymoon 005

I was not surprised by the cliffs. However, I was surprised about the other things we passed. Vegetation went to the edge of the cliffs and the beaches. Crops grew and livestock grazed on the left while the ocean was on the right. I really didn’t anticipate seeing that much agriculture. Some people were picking berries. Others were selling their products at roadside stands. It was really interesting to see.

We also passed through a few cities. The road cuts through Santa Cruz, and Monterey in larger than I had imagined. For some reason, I wanted to be transported back several decades and walk up to the music festival to hear Jimi Hendrix.

We got to our destination in time for lunch, and, for us, eating is very important. Our plan was to dine at Pebble Beach, the famous golf course community. My brother and his family had eaten there, and we were hunting for the same place. We happened upon it and dined while overlooking the famous 18th hole.Honeymoon 007

It is a beautiful place, and one that every golfer should get the opportunity to play. It would be a cool experience, but I would rather be at Pebble Beach for its annual car show. Classic automobiles line the fairway in a contest to see which is the greatest of them all. Millions of dollars worth of vehicles are brought to the competition. The Best of Show gets the crystal trophy that is third in the row. The closest one is given to the winner of the U.S. Open or something.Honeymoon 009

After lunch, we bought a few souvenirs and drove the short distance to Carmel, famous for being the home of Clint Eastwood. Once again, what we found is not what I had imagined – a small hamlet by the sea that had a few art galleries and restaurants. It had those things but also had a tourist feel. I thought of it as Gatlinburg with a little more class. Hopefully, some of you will know what I mean by that. We strolled through the shops and had a snack at the bakery. I bought a John Wayne pen set that was way too expensive.

After some time, we decided to head back for our last night in Half Moon Bay. We were determined not to repeat our dinner from the night before and found Pasta Moon, an Italian restaurant on Main Street. I would recommend it to anyone. The atmosphere was low-key, and the food was great.

We also noticed what was around the restaurant. There were shops, galleries and a few other restaurants. For some reason, I kept thinking that this was what Carmel used to be. It turns out that we went to Carmel looking for something but actually found it in Half Moon Bay.

7 Responses to “The Honeymooners – From Pebble Beach to Pasta Moon”

  1. Amresh Kumar July 18, 2013 at 07:54 #

    wow!! Interesting 🙂

    • Rick July 18, 2013 at 14:53 #


  2. calipatti July 18, 2013 at 16:29 #

    Yes, Half Moon Bay is similar to old Carmel. The residents are determined not to become Carmel. They actually can become quite angry at that comparison which I learned the hard way.
    There are numerous campgrounds with backwoods hiking trails throughout that area.

    • Rick July 18, 2013 at 17:08 #

      We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Half Moon Bay. I’m glad that I didn’t mention Carmel. I’ll definitely not say anything about it when I go back.

  3. satanicpanic July 19, 2013 at 05:30 #

    That cattle ranching thing is kind of funny when you think that people pays millions for tiny slivers of coastline only a few hundred miles south of there. But there’s actually a good deal of the central coast that has very little going on, and not that much of it is state parkland either. As crowded as the LA/Orange County/San Diego and the Bay Area are, there are huge areas of the state with very minimal activity in them.

    • Rick July 19, 2013 at 14:20 #

      As the old saying goes, it’s all about location, location, location.


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