The Castle & Other Stuff


Been doing  a poor job of keeping the blog up to date. We left  the Humboldt area back in the second week of  Jan and headed south but didn’t get far due to mechanical failures on the Truck. took about 10 days to resolve those issues but we eventually arrived at Russian River Resort where we regrouped and relaxed. We had been there twice before.  February 7 we headed South again, spent the night in Half Moon Bay, then  traveled to San Simeon State Park, just down the road from Hearst Castle. We  spent the next day touring the Castle then on the 10th we traveled to Soledad Canyon RV Park and Resort. We’re just NE  of  LA where our daughter  Alley and her husband Barry live. Ashley  came out Saturday morning , picked up Merre and they went off to  Burbank. Then, on Sunday AM the both participated in the annual Firecracker 5 & 10 k race, Merre did the 5  and Ashley did the 10. The everone came out here yesterday  afternoon for a visit then out to dinner.  We will be here for three weeks so there will be more to post from this camp.  Now I’ll post some photos from our visit to the Castle.

If you have never visited this magnificent place, built by news paper and magnate , William Randolph Hearst,  we highly recommend the experience.  Lean more  here.

The pics are from the Indoor Pool which in actually located beneath the tennis courts.


Here are some exterior and Garden shots. I’m sure the views up here are spectacular but, as you can see,  it was a very foggy day.

The interior rooms are amazing. He, entertained   every  Hollywood star from the twenties and thirties. The were always guests on site.Charlie  Chaplin was  regular, as were the Marx Brothers, Hedda Hopper, Howard Hughes, J. Paul Getty, Clark Gable and more. Here are some Interior shots.

There are numerous tours to take, each  at $25 per person. We took the Grand Rooms tour which is recommended for  first time visitors.  If you come in the summer make reservations to get the tour you want when you want it. They get very busy.

Finally, you should know that this is still a working cattle ranch, over 80,000 acres running around 2000 head of black and red Angus cattle.


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