17 miles drive , as the name suggests, is a drive which covers a stretch adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and gives you altogether a splendid experience of nature. This drive covers various spots which are separated from each other at a distance of few miles. The roads were very smooth and we were totally excited to see what this 17 miles drive is all about.
We got down from the car and felt that nothing was speaking as loud as our chilled bones and our nose which turned as cold as ice within minutes we descended from our vehicle. We wore our two layered super warm jackets and proceeded to see the ocean wash the shores with pride. My son , was super elated when he saw the mammoth size squirrels which were very unlike our Indian squirrels . They all came running to him thinking that he had something to feed. He playfully asked them”Hindi or Tamil?”
We walked our way on the shore towards the sea and could feel the cool breeze hitting on us . We then moved to the bird rock and sea lion island. Here the sea gulls occupy an entire hill and the sea lions the adjacent rock . I touched the sand , it was very soft and cold . Tourist would come there cycling and I wondered how could they beat the cold with such scanty clothes?It was a beautiful scene where the ice cold ocean water was hitting the rocks . A painter , a writer , a poet would really get inspired to produce his creative piece on this spot. It was lunch time and we were hungry. So ,what would be more prestigious to have your food by the Pacific ocean? The food was ice cold and we were enjoying the royal lunch. Throughout my tour in California I saw the Pacific Ocean dominating the places which we visited and it had its own grace.It was extremely calm and serene . The visitors have ensured to keep this place equally clean with no wastes around. That’s what was impressive about USA , the cities,roads , streets , parks, all public places are clean.
We drove further down and visited various spots like ghost tree, pebble beach.These places had huge boulders, rocks, trees of ages which have changed their branches shapes due to the constant wind hitting on them. The last and the best spot on the 17 miles drive was of Bixby bridge which was a huge bridge connecting two mountains and the architecture of it was something which will force you to put on your thinking caps. It was build right in the middle of the mountains , the stream of vehicles running on the bridge and below was the white and blue ocean.The bridge was built in 1932 and felt it was just a recent construction . It truly was a romantic place with the huge structure on the backdrop and the ocean gushing between the mountains forming cleavages to seep in. We saw a couple enjoying the beauty and there the guy was on his knees with a ring in hand proposing his girlfriend ! What a wonderful way to propose ! People in and around cheered the couple and congratulated them.
That’s the beauty of the 17 miles drive and the beauty of the Pacific Ocean which continues to impress me . Truly, a filmy experience come true , felt that what if at all our movie directors like Yash Chopra and Maniratnam would have ever visited these Gods creations,they would have made the most of it and thrown the beauty of this place to the masses.