Scenic highway 1 LA to San Francisco

Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
Trip End Sep 25, 2013

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

None of us can believe that we only have a few weeks left of our 90 day journey through the United States of America.  It has been one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever made and my heart is heavy at the prospect of having to leave soon.  Although we are not ending our trip, it feels like an ending is near as we start the last part of the  "Big U" and prepare for another parting, both from alana and jamie and from the country and people we have enjoyed so much.  We have all become very used to life on the road and it's second nature now to live out of a suitcase, hang around for a few days, and then move on.  

And so we embarked on one of our last road trips together, along the beautiful and scenic Highway 1 from LA to San Francisco, via Big Sur, and another tick on the bucket list.  At almost 450 miles, this two lane road winds it's elevated way around the coastline of California and is one of the country's top scenic drives.  The two-car wide road is no stranger to us in Britain but in the states it's practically like gold dust.  This road has vertical cliffs dropping to pounding waves far below, spectacular, far reaching vistas, it's own famous bridge - bixby - apparently used in numerous car ads.  The bridge is one single concrete arch spanning a deep gorge, another triumph for man's engineering genius.   This is john Steinbeck country and we stayed a night in Monterey, an area which influenced much of his writing.   

The spot where James Dean fatally crashed his Porsche in 1955, aged only 24, is also close by.  

 We stopped at another seal beach, this time a bit more smelly than the children's beach! With male elephant seals doing face offs competing for alpha male position.  Fascinating but a tad stinky down wind .... 

And by complete contrast, although still nature at her best, a gentle downhill stroll to the picture postcard perfect waterfall onto picture perfect beach with perfect gentle waves and perfect deep blue sea.   All this perfection! What a way to approach San Francisco, the city of perfect beautiful people.

I still associate San Francisco with flower power and hippies - shows my age
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