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The Drive From Esalen to Monterey


I started painting again after a 30 year break by taking a workshop at Esalen, a retreat in Big Sur, California. The easiest way for me to get there was to fly to Monterey and drive along the coast to Esalen. It’s only 45 miles but it takes over an hour and a half to drive. The coast there is incredibly beautiful but treacherous. The winding two lane road takes you 400’ directly above the ocean in some spots. It's impossible to take in the beauty and keep your car on the road at the same time. Fortunately there are a few overlooks to stop at safely.