After returning to the Pacific Coast Highway we drove north past Lucia looking for something I remembered from a motorcycle ride 30 years ago.
Stopped here in 1982 while riding the PCH to Oregon. It certainly has changed, I believe the fountain was working back then. I do remember having a nap here. This abandoned little park was once an important feature on this highway. "The Fountain was dedicated to Hon. Elmer S. Rigdon of Cambria, California, Born 1868, Died 1922. His foresight and efforts made possible the Carmel-San Simeon-Cambria link of the Roosevelt Highway. A token of esteem from his San Luis Obispo County Friends” - http://cambriahistory.org
After visiting the Rigdon Fountain we reversed our course and drove south looking for a place to stop for lunch. Eagle-eye Jan said she saw whales off the coast.
How she saw the whales is beyond me because they were barely visible at 40x zoom.
We stopped for lunch at the Mill Creek Picnic Area and there were PUBLIC RESTROOMS, which are very rare along the Big Sur Coast.
Our plan was to find a campsite higher than the day before on the less traveled Willow Creek Road.
We found several campsites early on in our drive but the elevation wasn't high enough and none had a view of the ocean.
A few miles in we found a nice spot with level ground at 1100 feet.
We spent the rest of the day reading and savoring the view.
The next morning after reviewing the photos from the game camera I asked Jan, "What was the name of your friend following you back to the camper late last night." It only took her a few seconds to see the head and shoulders of the ghostly woman following behind at her knees.
Sunrise above Willow Creek.
Los Burros Road on the left and the PCH bridge over Willow Creek lower center.
Later in the morning we heard the sound of multiple engines bouncing between the ocean and the mountains.
Soon a Coast Guard HC-130 appeared below us roaring up the coast above the ocean and under the fog.
After a leisurely breakfast it was time for us pack up our camp and drive down the canyon.