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Published: March 10th 2010
Ever since Steve and I first traveled US Rt. #1 from LA to San Francisco (1974) I have wanted to do it again. It is the most dramatic stretch of highway I have ever seen. The cliffs meet the ocean in such a spectacular way; and when the sun is shining on it all; oh my! So after leaving the Santa Barbara food co-op, which is doing quite well because a lot of UC-SB students must be health-minded; we headed north.
That night’s camping was a little wet. One of my only complaints about the Gypsy Outhouse is that it doesn’t provide much shelter unless you are sitting in the front seats riding/driving or lying down in bed. It has been so cold we have not been using the rear tent at all. I’m not complaining. We are cozy under our down comforter, and by morning the windows are usually all wet inside from our breathing (no snoring)!
The next day was glorious for our scenic coastal drive, yippee! We stopped to see where the elephant seals like to stay (weird animals…), but skipped the Hearst Castle (hey, we have Biltmore House!). That night we camped and
hugged big Redwood trees at Big Sur. When we got to Monterey the hostel was full, but they directed us to a cute-cheap place on a main thoroughfare. The next day was the world-class Monterey aquarium, yum! Their special exhibit of live Sea Horses was amazing.
Pinnacles National Monument, (which we stumbled upon) kept us for 2 days with hiking, incredible views and caves, but when it started raining on morning 2 (after coffee - before oatmeal), everything got thrown in the van (packing well is important on most mornings)! Today we are in Yucca Valley CA. It’s a cheap-hotel-night because the temp barely reached 50 today and the wind speed is 35+ mph. Last night it snowed…
We just returned from the high desert museum, which showed a model of the fault lines nearby - there are about 7! Tomorrow and the next are Joshua Tree Nat. Pk.
P.S. We feel blessed to have been in 3 places where California Condors have been released. No sightings, yet.
P.P.S.S. We do get your responses on our message board. Thanks so much, it keeps us connected to home-bodies & keeps us going (blogging)!
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