June 6, 2015
Today is a small rest day and a visit to Hearst Castle. The state of the drought in California was front and center at the Visitors Center. Port-a-Potties lined the front of the Visitors Center and the Governor’s Notice greeted us at the front doors.
The outdoor pool was also empty, but I believe they were using the drought as a jusifiction to drain the pool and do some needed renovations.
The indoor pool is still full and amazingly spectacular with the 24 carat Gold mosaic tiles.
Hearst Castle is very spectacular and the story behind the how it came about and the famous people who visited while William Randolph Hearst was alive is most interesting. There’s no sense in me regurgitating what is on the web, so you can learn more if you are interested at:
I did not take many pictures. It is difficult to get anything good on a tour and there are plenty of great pictures on the web, but here a few.
|This guy has a great view of San Simeon Bay 1600 feet below|
|The guy looking out at the Bay is guarding one of the guest houses behind him|
Hearst was well noted for his vast collection of antiques and antiquities. Most of the collection is from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The oldest piece by far is this Egyptian statue from about 3,000 BC.
I have been to the Castle several times over the last 25 or 30 years and enjoy the tours each time. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, as well as funny, plus I learn new things each time.