Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Headed to California!!!

pacific coast highway

Five years ago, my mom and I had a grand plan of flying to California and driving the Pacific Coast Highway. Unfortunately, we didn't have the resources, so the trip got shelved. 

Earlier this summer, our dear blog friend Stephanie invited us out to her house outside of San Diego. We were thrilled to receive the invitation and so thankful for her generosity!

I have only been to CA on quick work trips and I've never able to explore, while my mom has never seen the Pacific Ocean. I am so excited that we get to go do this! Since we had wanted to drive the PCH years ago, we decided to fly into San Francisco and take a quick drive to see the sights as we make our way to Stephanie's house. 

I am so excited and so grateful for this opportunity!! I fly out seriously early tomorrow (7am) and meet my mom in San Francisco.

I can't wait to see the Golden Gate Bridge in person and actually go to the Santa Monica pier instead of just see it from a distance! And it's going to be SO fun to meet Stephanie and pal around San Diego with her! 

Do you have favorite stops along the PCH or any must-see recommendations in San Diego? Our trip down the coast is seriously short/quick - we will do the drive in about a day and a half so we won't have time to go off the road or spend tons of time anywhere, but I'd love to hear recommendations!

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  1. Point Lobos Preserve is south of Santa Cruz near Monterey. It's the greatest meeting of land and water they say. And it's true. Oh, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium!!

  2. with tears in her eyes, mom says "I can't wait"

  3. You ladies are gonna have a blast!!

  4. OMG that's awesome Jamie! You and your mom will make so many awesome memories! My huz and I have done that drive to and from San Francisco when we lived in San Diego and it is truly something you will never forget!! Stop in San Luis Obispo if you get the chance... it's one of my fave little California towns. :)

  5. Pacifica is beautiful and I would definitely stop in Monterey if you can! You won't have time for the aquarium but Monterey and Carmel are gorgeous. Oh! And Santa Cruz. I love Santa Cruz.(you could see the Lost Boys bridge!)I haven't been as far as San Luis Obispo on 1, but I would like to make the trip. Also, be prepared for some seriously crazy wind-y roads. Have so much fun!

  6. I've only been as far south as Carmel, but that is a nice place to stop. I think you will love it, and I hope you someday you'll have a chance to take the northern route as well. It is just stunning!

  7. Oh my gosh. You are going to have such a blast! Be sure to keep us posted on all the fun happenings. San Fran is the BEEEEEEEEEST!


  8. p.s. I'm sure you will thrift if you can, but really look out for vintage paintings of western scenes - a friend of mine had great luck on her trip our west. Also, I think you'll find a lot of mcm out there. Good luck!

  9. I hope you have a fantastic time! I grew up in Arizona, and Cali was always our go-to vacay destination...lots of good memories!


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