Technically, each section of the National Trail belongs to the house behind it but federal and state monies constructed the actual trail. Of course, the most stupendous of the houses is The Breakers of Cornelius Vanderbilt II who was the very first member of the 400 in American culture. The house is completely covered in scaffolding now and has recently been re-roofed as well to the tune of $2 million dollars. We walked about 5 miles, counting out and back, in the sunshine and admired the formidable mansions along the way. The coast was so striking and the rocky beaches so picturesque that we hardly noticed the different surfaces of the Cliff Walk itself. Part of it was concrete, part macadam, part sand, and part huge flat granite boulders like giant stepping stones. It was quite exhilarating to be sure!
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