A Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway
By Kyle Renzelman | July 11, 2015 2:54 pm
We took a few days to drive from Monterrey, CA to Santa Barbara along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, aka Highway 1. This is one of those trips where we had no real plans other than to take in the sites along the way.
We started off with lunch at the London Pub in Monterrey and then spent some time walking on the pier and got some sand between the toes. Mid-afternoon we drove down to our first night’s camp at Prewitt Ridge. The view was incredible. We hiked around the area for a while before taking a seat to enjoy the sunset.
As night fell, the clouds rolled in below us, covering the ocean. Venus and Jupiter were bright in the sky and gave us some great nighttime pictures.
The clouds offered a very interesting glow from the ocean. We’re not sure if it was caused by fishing ships or by fluorescent algae. Either way it was an incredible sight.
The next morning we made our way back down the ridge and continued south on PCH. Of course we had to stop and see the elephant seals.
We stopped in Pismo to camp for night 2 at the Oceano Dunes OHV campgrounds right on the beach. It was a great place to camp, but be warned that there are a lot of dirt bikes, ATVS and UTVs on the beach, so just stay alert. They don’t always pay attention. The dunes are a great place to play if you’re vehicle is properly equipped, you will need a dune flag before entering the dunes though.
It is also worth noting, that it is not uncommon for the OHVers to be out until 11pm so if you’re one that likes to get to bed early this may not be the best place to camp for you.
The next morning we packed up and continued on towards our final camp night at Upper Oso Campgrounds outside of Santa Barbara. We took a quick detour to the Firestone Walker Brewery. It was definitely worth the visit.
After the brewery we headed down to the town of Solvang. The town is fashioned after a dutch village. Plenty of cool things to see. We stopped and enjoyed a couple wine tastings.
We made it to our camp at the Upper Oso Campgrounds just before sun down. The campground is a pretty basic campground, but the location was great. It was tucked in a forested valley. The camp host was definitely a “character.” Morning came way too fast after a few days of being on the go.
Sadly the trip was coming to an end and we packed up to head home to Las Vegas. This is a trip that we could easily do multiple times and see different things every time.
If you’ve traveled the PCH, we’d love to hear about your trip. Leave us a comment!
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