The rugged coastline of Monterey features deep blue waters and rocks worn smooth by the pounding of waves.
The bay, sheltered from winds and weather, is a peaceful place. Across this bay lies the area of Monterey known as Cannery Row, made famous by novelist John Steinbeck.
The tip of the land curves and juts out and the restless sea bashes against the coast. Here the scene is not at all peaceful but the raw power of the water leaves us in awe. A scenic drive winds through the coastline here in the Pebble Beach area. Known as the 17-Mile Drive, this route takes you past landmarks along the water. When you enter at any of the 5 gates, you’ll get a brochure detailing the sights. The cost is $10 per car.
The most famous attraction of the 17-Mile Drive is a tree. Somehow, on the edge of this rocky land, a tree took root more than 200 years ago. It grew, seemingly out of stone, and survives in spite of great odds. Perched alone on the cliff, it’s known as the Lone Cypress. People come from all over to view this testament to tenacity.
The tree is now fenced off so visitors can’t get close, and cables secure the tree atop its rocky ledge. The Lone Cypress is obviously in a fragile spot, but still it stands tall. In the storms of the rainy winter of 2019, one of the branches fell. But arborists say the tree itself is still fine.
If you are in the Monterey Bay area, take the time to explore along the 17-Mile-Drive. You’ll find that the coast of Monterey is a refreshing picture of life and beauty amid chaos, with that single tree still thriving.