William Randolph Hearst State Park
September 22, 2009
We have had perfect weather for this anchorage which has always made this stop iffey on our itinerary. If there is wind from the south it is not a good spot to stop. Anyway, we came in yesterday and got anchored, then this morning we practiced our dinghy beaching skills (but that is a topic for another entry) so that we could make our reservation for a tour of the Hearst Castle. It is actually part of our newspaper curriculum. Brad has been reading a biography of Hearst to the boys.
The “Castle” which Hearst gave to the State of California is beyond amazing. The buildings are incredible and their very location makes them just that much harder to believe. Evidently, Hearst’s love of art and grand projects was a direct result of a “Grand Tour” of Europe that he took with his school teacher mother when he was about 10 years old. They traveled for about a year and half visiting artists, artisans and historical locations all over Western Europe.
If my boys take away from our adventure even a small portion of the appreciation for the world around them that Mr. Hearst took away from his travels, I will consider it the best gift Brad and I could give them as parents. It is very exciting to watch Bryce and Austin begin to see the possibilities that are there for them.
Brad and Bryce boogie boarding