A few weeks back, I posted a blog telling you about my SUMMER
VACATION and meeting an allrecipeep in Oregon. I intended to continue my story about the rest of our vacation in California and meeting more AR peeps, but I got side tracked with life. So, better late than never, right?
When we left the Oregon coast, we headed south toward Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park to see our very first redwood. And we weren't disappointed! These old-growth, towering trees were a sight
to behold! And ferns almost as tall as I am!
This same day as we drove further on, we saw elk, up close and personal, right beside the road. Another great photo op!
More redwoods, more elk, more beautiful ocean views as we drove toward San Francisco. Imagine my surprise as we actually
drove across The Golden Gate Bridge into the city! (Yes, I know. I have no sense of geography.) I was so excited to get to see this bridge in person! Unfortunately, I never got to see it well because of the fog around it all day long.
Since we had only one day in San Francisco, we decided to hit the
high points by taking a Hop On Hop Off bus tour. I think that was a good decision. We saw lots of sights: Lombard Street, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies, China Town, just to name a few.
When we finished with the tour, we walked down to the pier area where we shopped, saw Alcatraz in the distance, saw the seals lounging around, bought my grandson's Despicable Me hat for his upcoming
birthday, and ate some Clam Chowder. It was a fun day!
The next day as we continued to drive down Hwy. 1, we saw more beautiful scenic ocean views. We had seen quite a few local fruit and vegetable stands and decided to stop at one. We bought strawberries,
dried cantaloupe, and Ranch-flavored corn nuts. Even though we buy California strawberries in our grocery stores, these were MUCH sweeter. I was very surprised by their flavor and sweetness.
Our next-to-the-last drive of the day was through the 17 miles of Pebble Beach. And, yes, we had to get shots of that lone cyprus.
We ended the day at Carmel by the Sea, a lovely little touristy town, with tons of stores to shop in.
We decided the drive down the coastline the next day would have been stunning if we could have seen it! We stopped at lots of turnouts, but the fog was so heavy, we couldn't see very far at all.
When we arrived at San Simeon, we saw a sign for a turn out to see Elephant Seals. And see them we did...again, another up close and personal view. Elephant seals, right there in the water and on the beach, just a very short distance away. And lots of them
too! So worth the stop!
Just a few miles farther, we saw a sign for Hearst Castle. It was afternoon, and we had heard that we might not be able to get tickets for same day tours, but we decided to try anyway. We were
so glad that 4 tickets were left for the very next tour, and we grabbed the chance to take two of those tickets! We were throughly educated and entertained by our very knowledgeable tour guide who showed us the house and the grounds of this beautiful home.
And I took advantage of the beautiful gardens to get a fairly decent photo of myself made. I love all the color.
More driving, more scenery, more picturesque towns, more fields and fields of strawberries and vegetables - all exactly what my husband and I wanted. Just driving, seeing beautiful sights, and
quality time being together.
Our last day was in Los Angeles. We hadn't realized how big and spread out this city was. So we really only scratched the surface of seeing the sights and decided we'll have to go back sometime
for a real tour of the city, which will take more than just a day! We drove down Santa Monica Blvd. toward Hollywood thinking the Hollywood sign would loom over the city. (Remember, my husband didn't want to do any planning of this trip. So no advance research:)
We finally had to google "Hollywood Sign" to get directions for getting a glimpse of it. Thank goodness for the Internet!
After finally seeing this iconic sign, we drove down Sunset Blvd., Rodeo Drive, and Wilshire Blvd. And by this time, we needed to get on down the road toward Long Beach for what I really came to
Los Angeles to see.
I had prearranged to meet up with two more Allrecipeeps, Marianne and bd.weld. We had talked on The Buzz and interacted some as Allstars, so I really wanted to get together with them. We met at
a local restaurant for lunch. We knew each other from a distance and met with hugs all around. Conversation flowed so easily, just as it had with pelicangal in Oregon. Several others were invited but some had to work, and Baking Nana actually went to New York
to meet Ina Garten instead of meeting me! Just messing with you, Baking Nana :)
Well, our vacation came to an end and we flew out of Los Angeles the next morning. We accomplished exactly what my husband had wanted this time. No preplanning. Just relaxing and driving down the
Oregon and California coastline to see what beautiful scenery we could see. The emphasis was on God's creation more than movie stars, famous people, and the world of film and tv. And we certainly were not disappointed.