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Weekend Trip from Los Angeles to Cambria

The view from a lookout point as you take the San Marcos Pass (CA 154) north after Santa Barbara.





Another view from the San Marcos Pass (California Highway 154)





Those little spec of orange are some of the thousands of Monarch Butterflies that nest in the trees just south of Pismo Beach.  This is part of their annual migration to Mexico in the Winter.











One of the great things about living in Los Angeles is the ability to hop on Pacific Coast Highway (P.C.H.) and head north for a drive along the coast.  Sometimes you take a Saturday afternoon drive and find yourself going past Malibu and into Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ojai, Los Olivos, or some other interesting spot.  Other times your travel might be a little more organized, and you will allow yourself an entire weekend to explore.  This is a travelog of a weekend trip up the coast, with a night spent in Cambria, on the Central Coast of California. 


Our trip started off early Saturday morning around 8am.  You always do yourself a favor by beating the rush out of town.  For a quick breakfast on the way out of town, we stopped at Big Joe's in Santa Monica (on 20th & Broadway).  They offer a breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese and your choice of ham, bacon or pastrami on a bun) with coffee and orange juice for the low price of $3.50.  From there its up to Wilshire Blvd, over to Ocean Ave., and then down the California Incline, and away we go with a view of the Pacific Ocean as we merge on to P.C.H.  Speaking of the California Incline, take a look at what it looked like in the early 1900s. 


              The California Incline, CA 1918 (California Incline 1918)



We will save Malibu for a future travelog, as on this trip we  enjoyed the scenery and made good time through the early stretch.  We passed Malibu, Oxnard and Santa Barbara.  It was here that we had to make our first major decision of the trip, continuing on Highway 101 along the coast , or cutting inland and taking the San Marcos Pass (Highway 154).  As we have done the ocean view road many times, we chose the inland route for this trip.  Take a look at some of the pictures to the left to see the scenery along Highway 154.


For lunch, we stopped at Los Olivos, which was probably the definition of a one-horse town back in the day.  It has some fun cafes with outdoor seating, organized around its main intersection.  There is also a heavy presence of wine-tasting, as this is wine country after all. 


After lunch, it was on to the Central Coast.  For the time of year that we made this trip (February), a recommended stop is just south of Pismo Beach, where you can see thousands of Monarch Butterflies nesting in the trees as they make their annual pit-stop on the way down to Mexico to spend the remainder of winter.  Although it doesn't do it full justice, we have included a photo off to the left.


(Continued...part 2...click here)








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