Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Travel: Road Trip up the California Coast















Two years ago next week, my husband and I took our kids on a drive up the coast to San Francisco. Now, from where I live in Southern California it's quite the drive to Northern California. I mean, California is bigger than most countries in Europe. I live about an hour north of downtown San Diego and if you know your California map, San Diego and San Francisco are really far apart, especially when you're a little kid and your parents pack you into a car.
My husband and I had both already taken trips up the coast of California but never together. We anticipated some beautiful views of the hills and countryside since it had rained in the winter months prier. When the golden poppies bloom it really is a sight to behold. Besides taking a break and going to San Francisco, a major part of this trip was to take in the views and experience the beauty of the California coast.
We broke our drive into two days so it wouldn't be 8 straight hours of driving, plus sightseeing. We stayed in San Simeon, a small town on Highway 1, about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hearst Castle is located there, however, we didn't go since the kids would have been bored and really, this was a drive to see the coast. 
We got really lucky with the weather and were able to drive up Highway 1 with the windows down. There were seals along the beach and the hiking trails were open since the weather was so nice. To be able to walk the trails along the cliffs or down by the water was pretty neat. As you can see in the pictures, the water is the brightest turquoise and the poppies were the brightest orange. 
We're thinking about taking a drive up the coast again this Spring break since the last trip was so nice. 
Have a wonderful Week!! 

16 comments:

  1. Fantastic pictures! Seems like a blast!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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  2. What beautiful pictures! And what a coincidence! This weekend I visited a desert rocky island that was covered in sea lions! Love the blogiland!

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    1. I love it too! And sea lions are the best and so fun for the kids to see! Thanks for stopping by!! xx

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  3. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for tossing your hat into the ring at the Party Under The Big Top! I hope to see you again next week!
    #BigTopBlogParty

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  4. Great pictures!!! I lived in California for 6 years when I was little girl (My Daddy was stationed at Ft. Ord) and they took us everywhere. I probably could have lived there my entire life and still not have visit all of California has to offer

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    1. Thank you! You're right, there is so much to see here. I have visited so much of the state but know there is still so much to see! It is a very special place! Thank you for stopping by xx

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  5. fabulous pictures! we just got back from california-we spent a few days in san francisco and then a week in napa/sonoma, and we made a point to drive the coastal highway. i was afraid the seals we saw were dead, lol. they were not.
    b

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    1. Lol I'm glad they were not! The seals are one of the best parts of driving along the coast. I'm glad you had a nice time on your trip to CA! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!! xx

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  6. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!

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  7. So jealous. Pinned and tweeted. We are so thrilled to have you at our party. Please stop by tonight at 7, so we can see your amazing projects. Lou Lou Girls

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  8. So lovely. This reminds me of the days when I lived in San Diego. It is so beautiful there! Pinning! Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. I can't wait to see what you have lined up for this week!

    Sharon
    Her Organized Chaos

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    1. I love SD!! Have a great week ahead and thank you for stopping by!! xx

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