I can see myself driving along California’s Pacific Coast Highway with the wind in my hair, the warm rays of the sun kissing my face. I’d be cruising along those hairpin turns on the edge of a steep cliff, gazing at the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean hundreds of meters below.
I can see myself reliving my childhood – if only for a few moments- by feeling like I was in the middle of an episode of Full House as I gaze at San Francisco’s Painted Ladies – the Victorian row houses that have become icons for the city.
I can see myself dipping my toes in the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean, as I stroll along the beach by the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
With all these visions of California running through my head, it’s pretty safe to say, California’s calling my name. It has been for quite a while, and I’m finally doing something about it. From Feb 22 – March 4, my boyfriend and I will be making our way from San Diego to San Francisco with stops in Palm Desert, Los Angeles and Napa Valley.
During our time in San Diego, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to catch up with my soul sister, the face of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Stephanie Arne. The last time we will have seen each other was 15 months ago, while I was visiting Hawaii and we did everything from a beach clean-up on the Big Island to explore the Honolulu Zoo. Amongst my plans for this area: check out the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp district and the Hotel Del Coronado (of Some Like it Hot fame).
After 3 days, we will head to Palm Desert for 2 nights –where I hope to explore Joshua Tree National Park and just relax for a few days before our crazy road-trip up the coast.
Despite the boyfriend not been too keen on stopping through Los Angeles – there are a few things I would like to see- such as the Hollywood Sign, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Pier- and since it’s on the way to Hwy 1 (the famous Pacific Coast Highway) I’m sure at the very least we’ll do a drive by and I’ll have the opportunity to take a few snapshots.2010 Alfonso E. Perez-Gonzalez (Flickr Creative Commons)
The journey will then take a turn up the coast along the famous Pacific Coast Highway – and completing the 600km drive along the coast and winding up in San Francisco – a city that has fascinated me since my younger days of watching Full House during afternoons after school. I have hopes of photographing the Golden Gate Bridge, seeing the fat California sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf, and eating delectable dishes that this food-centric city has to offer. I’ll wash all the good food down with a trip out to California’s Napa Valley – something that obviously can’t be missed, especially since I like to consider myself somewhat of a wino.
I’m hoping that my eleven-day California road trip will be complete with views like this:
Have you been to California? What MUST I check out?