Pacific Coast Highway

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Melba, Chele and I drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles via Highway 1 – the slower but incredibly scenic coastal road between the two cities. In fact, it runs from Seattle all the way down to San Diego. We did the whole SF – LA stretch in one day – a thirteen hour drive that Melba tackled on her own, a massive effort.

We didn’t get very far before making a stop for lunch in Carmel – a cute, artsy town with a beautiful beach.

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One of Carmel’s pristine beaches

From there it was a long, windy, beautiful road known as Big Sur. We stopped every opportunity there was to enjoy the view.

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Melba and me and the view

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Seagull

P1010055 (800x600)The road left the coast briefly and entered a wooded area, also called Big Sur, where there was a store, a restaurant, a bar and cabins to stay at. It was a lovely place, and it would be a great place to hang out for a while, taking your bloody mary’s down to the river to cool off.

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Not a bad spot for a drink

Onward into the afternoon the changing light changed the view, bringing deeper colours to the water and sky.

P1010085 (800x600)One of our last stops was a small beach frequented by a whole lot of seals and sea lions. They are so fun to watch, flopping about on the sand and fighting and generally making a ton of noise.

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Lots n lotsa sea lions and seals!

After 13 long hours we finally arrived in Long Beach about 11.30pm. I proceeded to crash out at the foot of Melba and Chele’s bed on the world’s most comfortable air mattress which was to be my home for the next seven nights.

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One thought on “Pacific Coast Highway

  1. Carisa

    These photos are stunners! I love the one of the folks relaxed by the water with a drink. You’ll have to give me that exact location for whenever I finally get to experience this drive.

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