This is going to be a long one.....
Late last August we decided to take a trip to Cali and drive the pacific coast highway. At first it seemed like it was just a dream that wasn’t going to come true.. BUT IT DID. My best friend Marlena had the idea of going, since her cousin was visiting from Poland and she was leaving to study abroad in France the following month. I was 90% sure I wouldn’t be able to go. We were wating on an answer from Mario’s cousin from Poland, who was suppose to come around the same time, and he wasn’t answering! For a while it seemed like everything was going wrong, and we wouldn’t be able to go. But within a couple of days everything worked out! Mario booked tickets, I got time off work, Mario’s cousin, Dawid flew into Chicago, and we were all ready to go! So Mario, Me, Marlena, Radek, and Dawid set off on a beautiful adventure.
We flew in to L.A. and rented a car. We weren’t very impressed with L.A… It was hot, smelly, dirty and a thick smog covered the mountains over the ocean, which was a shame. We even lost the couple of pictures we took there.. Although it wasn’t the best, it was still cool to see. We didn’t spend a long time there, didn’t even bother with the Hollywood sign, and tried to get out of the crazy L.A traffic as soon as we could. AND good thing we did because California just kept getting better and more beautiful the further up North we went!
We spent our first night in Santa Barabara where a friend of a friend let us stay in his awesome apartament! Santa Barabara is filled with Spanish architecture and palm trees and has the coolest atmosphere. We took a dip in the ocean and went out to eat and explore the town. The next day we did a little more exploring before we drove further up north.
Our host Carl was super helpful, mapping out exactly where to go and what to see. Before we left we had a mini wine tasting (at like 2pm hehe) at the bar below his apartament, and then set off on the road. Our first stop was Pismo Beach. We went swimming, the guys rented a surfboard and caught some of their first waves. The beach was SO BIG. That night we went out to eat and see a little of San Luis Obispo, a cool little hipster town. The next morning we went out for breakfast and set out for BIG SUR.
There was so many beautiful sights, every next one better then the one before. We stopped to pick up some fresh oranges, and look at some seals. At one point while we were driving Mario said “Oh look Zebras.” At first no one took him seriously… but THERE WERE ACTUALLY ZEBRAS. A whole field of them! (Proof above.) We turned the car around and stopped to take some pictures. I still don’t know what a whole huge group of zebras was doing somewhere in the middle of California.. but they were there, and it was pretty awesome.
As we entered big sur, the cliffs and ocean took our breath away. We stopped at some of the more famous sights like McWay falls, but also randomly stopped here and there just to admire the view. After adventuring, driving around, and admiring God’s creation, we decided to stop at Pfeiffer Beach. At first we couldn’t get in because there was no parking, but then after a bit of waiting (and praying) we got in! The beach was awesome, unlike any I’ve ever seen before. The water was freezing so we didn’t swim, but we explored a little. We ended our day with a magical sunset over the ocean. A thick fog rolled in and covered all of the ocean on the horizon and it just looked really really cool!!!
The next day we started off to San Francisco. As we drove past the Golden Gate bridge, all you could see was the ends of the posts through a thick fog. We went to Muir Woods (which was so interesting and beautiful) and on our way back we stopped to get some in n’ out and then drove by the bridge again and the fog was completely gone and the sky as clear. It was so nice!!! We went as high up as we could go and got an amazing 360 view of San Francisco. We ended the night with dancing at a local Latin club. The next day we went to mass and then just explored the city before our flight home!
Overall.. this has been one of the best trips I have ever been on. I never knew California was so incredbly beautiful. From Santa Barbara all the way up to San Francisco. It was so nice to travel with my Fiance and my best friend in one group! I got to spend some quality time with her before she left to France for a couple of months. We just had a great group, a great time, and great views and it’ll definitely be a trip I’ll never forget. I know I’ll be back in California one day! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone, especially to take a road trip on the PCH!
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