Trip Part 2: Pacific Coast Highway

On Tuesday morning of our trip we headed south knowing that we needed to be in L.A. by Wednesday night. I would definitely recommend spending at least two nights doing this drive – we felt a bit pushed and had to skip a few things and shorten others we would have done.

Before driving over the Golden Gate Bridge we got off at the last exit and found this waterfront park which afforded spectacular views. My engineering Husband was transfixed – it really is quite an impressive structure!

Jeff looks towards the skyline and Alcatraz and thinks of one of his favorite movies….The Rock 🙂 If we had had time it would have been fun to do a tour.

We hugged the coast directly south of San Francisco so it was close to getting dark by the time we rolled into Monterey. I had heart the aquarium was a must see and it didn’t disappoint! Since we got there with only an hour until closing we didn’t have a chance to read all the amazing information they provide but we did see many cool fishies and other acquatic animals!

The jellyfish were incredible

And the seahorses were really incredible

Loved this one

Can you believe this is a sea horse? Evolution at its best – animals adapt to their environments in incredible ways!

This guy wanted to eat me through the glass but instead smiled for a photo 🙂

We knew we didn’t want to drive at night and miss the views so after the aquarium closed we did the next best thing and saw Harry Potter 🙂 I thought they did a great job and can’t wait to see part 2!

The next morning we made an early start and set out on the 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach. We enjoyed the views and oggling the crazy huge mansions. Down on the shore we got out and walked along the coast for a bit which was beautiful. We both love the sound of water and due to the wind the waves were crashing that day!

There was a path through the dunes

Along the way we saw the famous “Lone Cypress” which is a famous symbol of California and Pebble Beach.

Jeff and I switched off for the drive down the coast since a) I don’t like heights and b) two years ago I drove the same stretch with Carla. The views are jaw droppingly spectacular

Jeff always teases that people are going to think that I wasn’t on the trip since I’m always the one taking photos so here’s one to prove that I was 🙂

All along the drive houses were perched on the edges of cliffs – I can only imagine the sorts of views they enjoy!

A friend recommended we stop at the Big Sur Bakery for lunch and it was PHENOMENAL – I HIGHLY recommend going there if you are in town or driving by…..yum!!

Further down the coast we encountered some sea lions sunning themselves.

We rolled into LA Wednesday night and rested up for big eating the following day 🙂

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