Now we are back on the Coast. Back at sea level, high summer - and the living is easy. Except getting down to the coast itself, we hit a traffic jam and get stuck for over an hour. The cause? Wait for it - a farm selling pumpkins (still a month to Hallowe'en, guys!)
We are travelling down the Coastal Highway, stopping off first just south at Carmel. A well heeled, lovely little town - famously Clint Eastwood was once the Mayor. Well, it made our day anyway. We drove along the 17-mile drive that leads to Mendocino. 20 years ago this seemed a lonely and magnificent bit of coast, and still is spectacular, but houses and golf courses are encroaching at an alarming rate.