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Driving up the coast on Hwy 1 from San Luis Obispo to Carmel, the fog was so thick we thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. Patches of light and color opened up a few times and the yellow flowers blooming in late June added a spark. The fog was solid as we drove through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We didn't realize the steep drop offs to the left because it was a white out, but as we drove on, the fog gradually moved out to sea, displaying a more defined coastline as we reached Carmel. One bright spot was a visit to the Hearst Castle along the way. This is definitely an awesome drive, especially with clear skies, as we came back down from Carmel another time to McWay Falls. Watch out for Poison Oak on the trails... Classic trip, not to miss!