Saturday, August 21, 2010

PCH Trip

Kate and I hadn't driven up the PCH beyond Malibu yet so we decided to take a few days last week and drive up to at least Big Sur. We weren't booked on any gigs so we said screw it, lets just go.

Kate walking Shug somewhere along the PCH around Santa Barbara.

My friend Luke Dickey had gone up to Morro Bay a few months ago, said it was amazing so Kate and I decided to stay there for a night. The trip was pretty spur of the moment so we didn't make any reservations the first campsite was full but the second had some openings. It was right on the ocean, we fell asleep that night listening to waves crashing.

A view of Morro Rock from our campsite
Morro Bay, CA

Morro Bay, CA

We took one of the longest walks along a beach I've taken in years. This stretch is friendly with no leash law and was walking distance from our camp site, pretty much perfect.
Morro Bay, CA

Some details from our walk
Morro Bay, CA

The neighbors decided to run their generator during sunset. So after we ate we walked down to the beach again to watch the sun go down.

Next morning we drove up the coast, so amazing, I made other pictures but these two are my favorite.
Somewhere on the PCH

Kate at an outlook on the PCH

We drove up to Big Sur and the only first come first serve campground we found didn't allow dogs. We drove up to Carmel but along the way found on our map Pinnacles National Monument about an hour and a half inland from Carmel. The drive there was beautiful as well. Pinnacles had a great campground, we found out when checking in that it is rated in the top 50 in CA by Sunset Magazine. We slept that night without the fly on our tent and had an amazing view of the stars.

Pinnacles National Monument, CA

On our drive back home we stopped for gas and some water at what claims to be James Dean's last stop before he died in a car accident. Here's the memorial they've built.
James Dean's Last Stop, Blackwell's Corner
Hwy 46, Lost Hills, CA

Kate on our drive home
Hwy 5

For being pretty spur of the moment the whole trip went really well, we're definitely looking forward to doing it again sometime.

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