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The drive up the coast

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Hey everyone!
We finally clawed our way out of the never-ending city yesterday and drove along the coast. We stopped for a little while on a beach in Malibu and then continued for a longer stop in Santa Barbara. The road is very scenic, with the sea on the left and huge cliffs or gentle hills on the right. Santa Barbara itself is lovely - palm trees, beach, the works.

The weather is still a little 'May Gray' - low cloudy stuff which burns off around midday. The mountains often disappear into the haze, and it all adds to the look of the place. We spent Sunday night in a place called Lompoc, and continued on Monday to 'Big Sur' country. The road climbs and narrows and noses inland along heavily wooded mountainsides, then clings on to the rocky face next to the sea. The sea is huge and a deep blue, the sky is huge and blue and the horizon is blended with a bluey fog! Very impressive, and absolutely impossible to get on camera!
Further on towards Monterey you begin to notice the land levelling slightly and realise there are less palm trees than before.
We spent a few hours in Carmel, a lovely little grid of shops and a soft sandy beach at the bottom of the hill, and then drove to spend the night in Monterey. In the morning we went into Monterey, and to Cannery Row, a one time sardine canning industrial site which is now a boardwalk and restaurant row. We continued North and entered the outskirts of San Francisco, and were soon in the grip of motoring madness that is central SF!

Posted by davidarow 09:44 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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