Virtual California Highway 1 Road Trip
In 2017, I had the opportunity to make the drive down Highway 1 from Fort Bragg to Los Angeles. It was the longest solo trip I had made at that point in my life- and it was amazing.
As I made my way along the very familiar path in Mendocino County, I encountered a few other travelers- including some bicyclists. This route is popular with long-distance riders.
The first stop I made was in a little town called Manchester to pick up a few supplies at the local store. I was pleasantly surprised at the bargains I got in there. I expected to get gouged considering the remote area of the store, but this was not the case.
My next stop was in Point Arena.
I like this cute little town. I really enjoy spending time on the pier, where you can listen to the water trickle over pebbles & make a sound I have never heard anywhere else. It is very calming.
While I was there I ran into these two guys.
As I passed through Anchor Bay, I stopped to take a picture of a house I had stayed in a couple of years earlier. It had a picture window with the most breathtaking view of the ocean.
My next pit stop was in Gualala. Gualala is my second favorite West Coast location. The first time I went to Gualala, I woke up pretty early. I heard a weird noise outside, so I went out on the balcony to see what it was. The seagulls were in the river flapping their wings. It was such an awesome experience!
A little further south is Bodega Bay. I am not crazy about this town, but it is a popular vacation spot for a lot of people. It is too commercialized for my taste- and the people are snobby.
Another experience I did not particularly care for was crossing the bridge in San Francisco. I know there are a lot of people who find it a thrilling experience, but I do not like long, shaky bridges high up in the sky.
One of my favorite parts of this trip was the Santa Cruz Arboretum. This huge garden is also a wildlife refuge and is cared for largely by students who volunteer. If you ever make it to Santa Cruz, you just have to check it out!
Another short stop I made was in La Selva. It was an interesting little place, but I wasn't all that impressed with it.
Although I stayed in some hotels, one of my main objectives of this trip was to do some camping. The first place I pitched my tent was in San Simeon. The campground was well patrolled, and there is an educational nature center nearby.
There is also a beach in the area where all the cool seals hang out.
Another tiny town I passed through was Cambria. There are a lot of little shops there- and, of course, the coolest store in the world.
Next came Cayucos. It was an interesting little place, but I was just passing through. I had a timeline, so I only stayed here for a few minutes.
Morrow Bay looked pretty cool, but again- I had a destination in mind & did not have time to explore every place I came across.
My next camping spot was Pismo Beach. I was pretty bummed because my trip was at the wrong time to see the beautiful display of the migrating Monarchs. I will have to get back there at some point to see that.
I also pitched my tent in Carpinteria. There is a nice little family campground there.
Finally, I had the Jurupa Campground in LA mostly to myself. It was very peaceful & had a lot of great features.
I have to say, though; I had a somewhat exciting end to this camping excursion. On the last morning of my stay at Jurupa I woke up at around 5:30. I could not go back to sleep, so I decided to get up & start packing things up.
It was just starting to get light & I saw something moving. Since I had seen a lot of little bunnies in the campground I thought maybe it was a bunny. I strained to see a little better & saw it was not a little bunny but a skunk ambling toward me- AAAAAAAA.
As I mentioned, there were not many people camping when I was; but there was a family a few spaces away from me. I did not want to wake them up- but I also did not want to get sprayed by a skunk, especially since I had a convention I was planning on attending that weekend.
I swung my arms & made a noise that I hoped would scare the skunk away but not wake my neighbors. The skunk stopped & looked around. He must have seen me because he started sauntering the other direction. WHEW! That was a close one.
I hope you enjoyed this virtual road trip through California. Be sure to come back for more. I will also be having some contests with some give-aways, so be sure to check back.