19 April 2008

Big Sur

As promised we will bring a few posts about our last days in California. We dedicated some time to driving slowly up the coast from Santa Barbara to San Francisco - most of the trip on Highway 1 right by the ocean. When driving around the American countryside, one sees from time to time a cluster of mailboxes without houses nearby. This usually means that some people have decided to live at the end of roads so silly (narrow, steep, long, unpaved...) that the mailman can't reasonably be expected to deliver the mail right to their door step. Therefore, a cluster of mailboxes occur at the side of the highway - here the mailman can conveniently deliver the mail and people can come themselves and pick it up. The area near Big Sur isn't unique regarding this system, but rather unusual for the high proportion of decorated mailboxes in such a cluster.

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