17 Mile Drive

Once I offcially moved back to Toronto from Los Angeles, I realized how much I took Los Angeles for granted.  I still visit California a couple times a year and will always make the effort to visit/discover more of this beautiful state.  My most recent visit to California,  I flew into San Francisco and  wanted to visit some surronding towns.   Driving on the PCH has always been breath taking route  No matter how many times I have been on this road, it still takes my breath away .  The scenic drive will constantly make you want to pull over and take photos, warning, keep your eyes open... its going to be beautiful.  I highly suggest that if you ever do visit California to do the drive once ( visit Big Sur ) This time around I discovered a very nice route, 17-Mile Drive.

17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California ( I visited all the above places en route ) , much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf course and mansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. 

The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this community, nonresidents have to pay a toll to use the road, I belive it was 10 USD. Like the community, the majority of 17-Mile Drive is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation. The 17-Mile Drive is a 17-mile (27 km)-long scenic loop having four primary entrances - the main highway entrance at California State Route 1, and entrances in Carmel and Pacific Grove. Since this route is very popular, you will notice a lot of tourist and it may get crowded in certain areas. 

This is a raw un filtered photo.  I visit during a cloudy day and I thought it was breath taking witnessing the sun kissing the ocean during sunset.

This is a raw un filtered photo.  I visit during a cloudy day and I thought it was breath taking witnessing the sun kissing the ocean during sunset.

It honestly felt that I was walking into a painting and melted into the canvas.  It didn't look real, it felt real but there were moments I wanted to pinch myself . But instead, I took a photo to remind me how real this place is.

It honestly felt that I was walking into a painting and melted into the canvas.  It didn't look real, it felt real but there were moments I wanted to pinch myself . But instead, I took a photo to remind me how real this place is.

This picture just doesn't do it justice.  This picture was taken early evening during sunset.  I knew I only had a short window so I tried to take as many photos as I can. You can't tell from this photo but its high.  I know I'm asian and were apparently good at math but...  I can compare it to sitting on top of a 12 story building.  I was literally about to poop in my pants because I was scared that I would fall off the edge of the rock.  It was well worth it !

This picture just doesn't do it justice.  This picture was taken early evening during sunset.  I knew I only had a short window so I tried to take as many photos as I can. You can't tell from this photo but its high.  I know I'm asian and were apparently good at math but...  I can compare it to sitting on top of a 12 story building.  I was literally about to poop in my pants because I was scared that I would fall off the edge of the rock.  It was well worth it !

Being alone with your thoughts is a beautiful thing.

Being alone with your thoughts is a beautiful thing.