Wednesday we decided to head down to LA to visit Knott’s Berry Farm. Since we were already on Highway 1 this would be an easy day. We could see Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Barbara along the way. (I took this picture along the Highway).
We started out from Pacific and drove along Highway 1/Cabrillo Highway. The scenery went from high cliffs and crashing waves to low flat beaches to farm land to farming communities. I was tempted to stop at Bob’s and get homemade strawberry shortcake but there was no place to pull the trailer into. BUMMER!
One of Gabby’s favorite thing to hunt for on the coast is lighthouses. Here is our first one in California, Pigeon Point halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. You can actually stay here in the Hostel!
What is it they say about plans? (If you want to make God laugh, tell him your future plans. – Thank you Woody Allen!) Well, our plans just didn’t quite go the way we thought.
It all started in Santa Cruz. I REALLY wanted to walk on the boardwalk. However, we quickly realized that we couldn’t get near it with the big beast. We drove all over trying to find a place to park and diesel. After a bit, tempers flared and I just wanted to leave!
We stopped at New Brighton State Park outside of Santa Cruz. For $10 they let us drop the trailer and go get fuel. Ok, so no boardwalk, we could at least see the beach.
Of course, the beach stunk like rotting flesh & dog poop (actually seaweed), was littered with driftwood and rotten seaweed and the waves were violent. We lasted about fifteen minutes. Dad returned with the truck and we were off down the road. The drive to Monterey was beautiful. Monterey is SIMPLY gorgeous! I was looking forward to driving down the coast, so much prettier than Northern California Coast.
Scenes from the State Park
Just outside Monterey there was a sign stating that Highway 1 was closed 62 miles ahead. DANGIT! I swear that we cross construction everywhere we go. We decided to u-turn and take the 68 over to Highway 101. Unfortunately what happened was not what we planned. See these gorgeous pictures…
We ended up taking Co Rd G16 out of Carmel. Ever heard of it? Me neither.
We did say we wanted to see the great creation of God…well we saw 37 miles of it…37 miles of pure torture when you are dragging a 34 foot trailer. Some places were single lane and narrow. It seemed like we would be lost forever. It added at least 2-3 extra hours on our trip and we ended up in LA at 11:30 instead of 8:30 we had planned. It didn’t go to well and I won’t share the agony. The lesson is that when you are driving down the road and you can’t read a map and don’t trust the GPS system, stop and ask for directions, or enjoy the detour and count your blessings that you can be driving in the midst of a gorgeous valley instead of inside a stuffy office building on a Thursday afternoon.