Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hwy 1

Day 3: Los Padres National Forest, CA 9:00 p.m.

It was kind of hard leaving Mike and Amy’s this morning- I think Cory and I could both have stayed longer; we were having so much fun. But alas, this is the life of a nomad.
I’d like to tell you that Hwy 1 is a complete tourist trap- that I wholly disagree with all the lovesick songwriters and optimistic travel brochures that mention it… but that would be complete nonsense. The drive was windy and gorgeous. It doesn’t matter how many times I see the ocean, it always takes my breath away. Here, the mountains fall straight into the water and I can’t imagine what could be lovelier than that.
We stopped along the way and saw a whole shore-ful of elephant seals lying about on the beach. I was giggly with excitement as we watched them galumph along from the water to the shore. There were also some marmots that were running about that would eat right out of your hand. That’s actually a bit of an understatement because they’d actually sort of chase you down until they realized you didn’t have any food.
Our campsite tonight is beautiful (thanks to Mike and Amy and their well of travel advice). It’s on a small cliff overlooking the water, and we hiked down to the rocks to watch the water crash and spray over them. I even saw an otter from the shore! I’m not sure if we’re headed out tomorrow or if we’ll hang around. We’ll definitely do some of the longer hiking trails and head over to Big Sur. It otter be a good time.


Cody said...

Great picture, and great otter pun. I am infinitely jealous of this road trip!

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