Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Long and Winding Road...

How lucky can one person get? The Dining Companion's hermana needed someone to drive with her from California to Washington state? Pick me, pick me!!! Guess what? She did! 

That's how I found myself heading down the famous California Highway 1 on a cloudy Friday morning. The views were stunning. None of these pictures do it any justice.

Day one found us headed out of the Los Angeles area towards Hearst Castle. We planned to tour the castle and then have lunch at Nepenthe in Big Sur. Which is what we did, but, and it's a big one, it was pouring rain by the time we got to Big Sur. The usually breathtaking views the restaurant is famous for were nowhere to be seen. Lunch was a little disappointing but we made the best of it and got back on the road.  Our destination for the evening was Morgan Hill, CA.

People camp along the side of Highway 1.

By the time we got to Morgan Hill we had been on the road for over twelve hours. That can only mean one thing, beer and bed. Day one down.

We were up bright and early the next morning and ready to hit the road again. Not before breakfast though. We found a great diner nearby and fueled up for the day ahead.

Leaving Morgan Hill we headed inland a bit and took California Highway 5. We were headed for Oregon. (We made some stops along the way that I'll cover in upcoming posts)


We stopped here to take a few pictures

The drive through the mountains was amazing. 

Day two ended in Medford, OR. We weren't on the road nearly as long as the first day so we made it to Medford with time to take a look around town and grab some dinner. 

We set out early on day three for our final destination, Seattle. We did make a side trip to Portland, because donuts. More to come about that.

After 1200 miles, rain, rock slides (teeny, tiny ones), drifting sand warnings, various wild animal crossings (deer, elk and bear. Oh my! And wild boar too!) we made it to Seattle Sunday evening. That gave us one day to hit the highlights. And that's exactly what we did.

Happy traveling!

Coming soon: We visit Hearst Castle, get sidetracked by olives, and eat cursed donuts. All that and much more. Check back!

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