At a staggering 656 miles, this road is called many names: Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Highway 1, State Route 1 (SR1), Shoreline highway, Coast Highway. Call it what you will, I call it magnificent.
HALF MOON BAY
We had a free morning before the opening of Maker Faire (which is why we were in California) to take a drive down a portion of Hwy 1. While I wish we could have driven the whole thing down to Southern California, we only got in 30 or so miles. We stop a lot!
We got on Highway 1 at Half Moon Bay. The hotel manager said this was a great place and I believe he was correct. How pretty is that back drop?! We couldn’t get down on the beach from this spot unless we wanted to do a little climbing. I left my rock climbing gear on the plane…oops!
Look at these shrubby succulents. They seem to be all the rage these days and here in California they are just laying on the ground. ALL OVER THE PLACE!
Our next stop was just a little ways down the road from Half Moon Bay to a place called Poplar Beach. Here we could put our feet in the water and our hiney in the sand. AHHH!! This is the life!
I am a total beach bum. The coast calls to me. Everything is alright with the world when I feel the sand beneath my feet and hear the tide in my ears.
OMG BECKY! That was was COLD! BURRRR!!!!!!
The sand in this part of California is very course and tan. I am a weirdo and collect sand from all over the place. One day I will show y’all my sand jar! Don’t judge!
I don’t remember the name of this place we pulled of at. I love, love, love the lifeguard stand. I wish i would have gotten out on the beach and taken more shots of it. If anyone knows the name of this beach, comment and let me know!
Another shot of the beach from a little pull in parking lot area. Looks like it might have been low tide tide as that big rock off to the right seems “exposed” at the bottom.
PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE – PESCADERO
The lighthouse was our turn around point.
The wild flowers that grow in CA are amazing. They are everywhere, in sidewalk cracks, hanging off the interstate, on the rock face…EVERYWHERE. And my gosh the smell. I thought I smelled Sweet Olive the whole time we were in Cali.
Mistaken celeb sighting: Flock of Seagulls
It was just a regular flock of pelicans.
The last stop on this mini road trip was LUNCH!
C’mon!! I told y’all we like to eat!
Read the next blog entry to see our lunch spot.