Yesterday was probably one of the best yet longest travel days because I decided to head home last night instead of staying in San Simeon. I took Highway 126 over to Ventura and then drove up Highway 101 to San Luis Obispo. At this point, Highway 1 and 101 diverge and you are at a decision point. Drive farm and pastureland on the 101 or head over to one of the most beautiful parts of the Highway 1 adventure. I think of all the places I’ve driven the part of Highway 1 from San Luis to Monterey is the best. Way before my ex-wife would do this drive regularly but I wanted new memories and new photos that are mine.
This photo is along the route and you can see a fisherman on the rocks. One of so many pulloffs. I also tried to find one that my ex-wife and I used to stop at. This proved more difficult because there are probably hundreds of these pulloffs and I don’t have the pictures any longer. It could have been here too I guess.
They all look about the same and the mark of the “spot” was that there was nothing unusual about it or any markings that it was some awesome spot. I just wanted to find the place and now I’m sure I got close.
Along the route, one sees the small villages like Cambria which people stop along the road to shop, eat, stay. Very beautiful places that mark the route that the Highway 1 takes.
After going through the lower parts of the drive, Highway One wends along cliffs that abut the ocean. Its a windy, beautiful, unique drive that is marked by crashing waves, heroic rock outcrops, and small restaurants with cabins like Lucia Lodge.
We stopped at so many of these places way before. The Lucia Lodge restaurant looks down on this canyon where deer used to ramble and eat the flowers. Notice the rainbow!
Finally, I recommend the beauty of any of the places you may stop along the route.
Just the most beautiful spots to partake of when you do the drive.
I got home in the evening, ate a bowl of chili here, and considered what I had seen. A beautiful end but a long driving day where I reclaimed the coastline and got new pictures. Well worth it.
If you have the chance and opportunity, do the drive. Just break it up into days and stop and stay in San Simeon or at the Lodge with the cabins. Look at the lonely cliffs that dive into the relentless ocean. See the beauty of the coastline in an amazing engineering feat where bridges built in the 1930s provide vistas of their own.
Now I’m home. Back to work. I want to go back again with my daughter and give her the gift of Highway 1 along the coast from Monterey south.