|Today we drove the length of Big Sur, starting in Cambria and ending at Nepenthe, a little south of Monterey. It was misting a little when we left, but, as the day unfolded, the weather got better and better. It's a beautiful drive in any weather, but by noon the sun was out. Besides the 100+ pull-offs for "photo-ops", we made two major stops along the way. The first was at the Camaldoli Monastery, located high above coastal Highway #1. This is a beautiful, quiet, and peaceful place. A place for spiritualism and reflection. The setting is perfect for promoting these ends. The chapel is the essence of simplicity, with an altar lit with wonderful natural light. Our second major stop was for lunch at Nepenthe, a restaurant with wonderful outdoor terraces high above the Pacific. The core building comprising Nepenthe was originally a cottage purchased by Orson Wells and Rita Hayworth in the 1940ies. Early in their marriage, they were traveling back to L.A. along the Big Sur, saw the basic Nepenthe cottage, and bought it on sight. Apparently, they spent only a couple of nights there, never to return. In the 1950ies, the building was expanded and transformed into the restaurant that exists today. The grounds and views are to die for...the food is a little on the so-so side.