Rich and Cindy Western National Park Tour travel blog

Rt. 1 Coast

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Rt. 1 Coast 3

Rt. 1 Coast 4

Rt. 1 Coast 5

Hell's Angels

Hearst Castle

Sea Lions at Rookery

Rt. 1 Coast 6

Bird Island--Full of wildlife

Rt. 1 Coast 7

Lone Cypress

We have traveled to Santa Maria CA. Great visit with Uncle Ed and Aunt Linda. We enjoyed a great cul-de-sac party and got to meet a number of their friends. Santa Maria is a great community on the California Coast just north of Los Angeles. The whole area is based on agriculture. The immediate area is primarily strawberries, blueberries and grapes.

We took a drive up Rt. 1, the coastal drive, from Santa Maria up through the Monterey Peninsula. The coastal drive was very pretty. Lots of nice ocean views but you have to peek through the daily fog. The temperatures are around 70 during the day and mid 50's at night. Very refreshing. We had hoped to tour Hearst Castle but as you would expect, it was closed. The next stop was a real neat Elephant Sea Lion rookery. It was fun to watch the males spar. We were also passed by a group of Hell's Angels, probably on their way to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. The next day on our trip back to Santa Maria, we took the California 101. It was a drive through the Salinas Valley and the vegetable growing districts. You can't believe how large these varied vegetable fields are. California provides our entire country with a very large part of our vegetables. These are some of the most beautiful fields you will ever see. They get less than 12 inches of rain a year, so all the fields are irrigated.

Leaving in the morning for Yosemite National Park.

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