Campin' it up on the coast
Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
76Trip End Jun 24, 2010
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There is a severe lack of internet cafes here as they expect you to use that new fandangled thing they call wifi so here is a brief update on where we have been over the last week or so after leaving LA.
We headed up to Santa Barbara on erm, 30th (?) august. SB is rather posh and we had an amazing breakfast (you may notice that food is becoming a bit of a theme in this trip, as are our expanding waist lines). SB is a cool, clean city with a decent beach so we pottered around and relaxed on the beach. Stayed in a pretty decent Motel 6 with flat screen TV and had the best meal of our trip in Carpinteria - home made chocolate pie to die for!
Next morning managed to bag us a cheap tent from fishing tackle shop, which was named Boris (you can tell we haven't made many friends yet! :).
We took off up the coast with Boris in tow, not knowing where the road would take us (small lie as we had map) but even so, the adventure proper began! Stopped in Pismo beach and camped in Morro Bay state park which was nice but the park was randomly covered with dense fog so freezing! The two of us were quite a sight putting up our little tent at first, it's tough to know which pole goes where! We got some funny looks. Americans camp in the same way they do everything else - full on. They come with trucks full of all kinds of stuff and we looked odd just with our little Boris. One cool thing about the campsites is that most of them have small individual fire pits for each site.
The next day took us up the coast with a stop at Piedras Blancas where there is an elephant seal colony and lots of harbour seals. Then to the enchanting Big Sur with its breath-taking views, where the sea caresses the sky alongside the rugged cliff. Absolutely gorgeous but a little bit hair raising to drive! Camped in another national park and ate dinner in a restaurant on the side of the cliff and discovered an amazing Hawaiian fish called Mahi Mahi in a sweetcorn sauce. Awesome!
Took off to Cambria next - white sand beaches, good ice cream and very dog-friendly. We have seen lots of puppies and cool dog breeds here! Drove the 17-mile scenic drive (yawn compared to big sur) then on to monterey.
Camped and then got up early for whale watching, which is definitely the highlight of the trip so far! Glorious humpback whales came nose to nose with our boat, we literally could have leaned over and tickled their chins! It was absolutely incredible to have these immense creatures so close by. We still can't believe how friendly they were! After that we allowed ourselves some chill out time, hit the aquarium the next day and then back on the road to san fran.
On the way up the coast we stopped off at santa cruz for lunch, it's a bit of a hippy/surf town and seemed like a nice place to stop for a day or too but we were too excited to arrive at san francisco so we kept on going!
Sorry this is such a quick update, think we have covered more or less all of it! Loving and missing you all lots xx Wish you were here! J&T (and Boris) x