California Highway 1 Daytrip

California Highway 1 Daytrip

After a very early departure, my godfather and I drove south along the famed Highway 1, passing Teslas and Smart Cars, rolling green hills and glaringly-yellow-Acacias in full bloom.  Blue sky overhead and bright sunshine guided our way and our mood, the smell of the sea never ceasing to waft in from the sunroof of the car as we sped south from San Francisco on Highway 1.

The goal: take in Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel and Big Sur on Highway 1 all in one day.  We accomplished all except the full Big Sur experience…though we did make it to the lighthouse just outside Big Sur. We compared it to a a less exotic version of Mont Saint-Michel.

We had a private tour of the wine cellar at Casanovas in Carmel (amazing atmosphere, highly recommend), we marveled at the work of our favorite architects on the coast just outside Carmel (Frank Lloyd Wright of course), we gazed with wonder at the Lone Cypress which has stood for soo many years along the Pacific between Pebble Beach and Carmel. We were amazed at the crashing waves and the spindrift up and down the rugged coast.  Blue skies cheered us even as we ran into stretches of Highway 1 that were closed to us by recent storms.

The magic of California seemed to bless us in big and small ways no matter what diversion we chose. From the smallest creatures hiding in rocky shoreline to the largest of the trees and the magnitude of the beauty of each complete scene. We were in awe. Two transplants to California, calling it home for only a while, enchanted…

All smiles, we headed home, a night out in San Francisco waiting.  A day of adventure behind us.  A day of savoring creation and man’s invention accomplished.  California did not disappoint!

  • February 09, 2010

    SO beautiful! I want to be there! Can’t wait to see more pics from your trip!

  • February 09, 2010
    alicia

    all of the pictures are amazing! & I love that you are actually in one!

  • February 09, 2010

    Looks like you are having a blast – I <3 these photos!

  • February 11, 2010

    Wow, you have stood and drove where your Momma did, and it seems like just yesterday. I am so glad you have these shared images in your memory. I hope I can go back one day and paint there. Love Mom

  • January 19, 2011

    Truly beautiful… I want to go there!
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  • January 19, 2011

    I drove a good portion of Highway 1 a few years ago and it was absolutely beautiful! These brought back memories from the trip.
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  • January 20, 2011

    How gorgeous! I have been hearing so much about Big Sur lately – I’m dying to get there! It does remind me of Mont St. Michel…

  • January 20, 2011

    Boy, did I need this! Woke up this morning in such a funk from overworking myself in an office and being snowed in on top of it the last few weeks. Needed some sunny scenery asap. Thank you for posting. You might’ve helped keep me sane for one more day!

  • January 20, 2011

    Photos are beyond beautiful!!!!!
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  • January 25, 2011

    Dream of mine to do an American road trip!
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