Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pacific Coast Highway



It was warm and blindingly bright out, despite the fact that it's the middle of January, when Steven and I drove along the back, country roads near Camarillo, California. I use the term "country road" lightly, because I know we weren't driving through English countryside.  No, the roads we drove one weaving between strawberry fields and citrus orchards, farm stands at intersections offering deals like "15 Avocados - $5!" It was nearly 70 degrees outside and there was no denying that we were most certainly in California.

We were on our way to look at a prospective future car in Port Hueneme. The GPS on my phone said we had eight minutes to go, and the clock read exactly eight minutes before we were supposed to meet. Then the car seller called and told us he couldn't make it.

As you can imagine, we were a little frustrated. We'd been cancelled on eight minutes before our appointment and we were already thirty minutes from home. About to turn around and write the afternoon off as a complete waste, we approached a sign for Highway 1 and I had an idea.

"Turn onto the PCH," I instructed Steven. "It'll take us out to the coast - it'll be a nice drive."



As we drove along the coast I couldn't have laid out a better scene if I tried. It was downright surreal. Windows down, music up...it was as if I'd stepped out of real life and into the stereotyped, romanticized version of California everyone hopes to see when they come here. I loved every minute of it. 




We stopped to eat at Neptune's Net, a famous seafood restaurant/biker hangout that sort of aims to be a dive but really isn't. Their seafood is pretty incredible, the atmosphere is awesome, the views obviously unbeatable. Can you tell I love this place?

Tip: I recommend visiting on weekdays. It gets very crowded on weekends, particularly with nice weather. Even on weekdays it can be hard to find an outdoor table when 12PM rolls around (our 11:45 AM Thursday arrival had been pretty perfect.) Their fish n' chips are also much better earlier in the day during the week, and I think that's probably because the oil is newer and used less. I highly recommend their fish tacos - cilantro, pineapple slaw and real ginger on a fish taco is a recipe for success.



After lunch, we climbed down to the beach and walked around. The wind had picked up a little but I didn't mind. We skipped stones, looked for shells and watched the surfers catch waves and wipe out.

As a girl who likes to keep herself as busy and as possible, this spontaneous, completely care-free trip to the beach was a blessing like no other. 

19 comments:

Ginny said...

oh my, i get homesick immediately whenever you post pics of california! especially when i look out of the window and all i see is snooow!

Dena Barrie said...

I pretty much just want to say ditto to Ginny's post. Missing CA so much right now as I look at the Germany snow. Thanks for posting such amazing pics of my home!
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Maria Larsen said...

Wow, it sounds pretty perfect in California right now. In Louisiana, they're predicting it may snow tonight...in South Louisiana....needless to say I'll be bundled up and under my covers tonight.
xo, Maria

Ash and Eliza said...

I'd have to agree with everyone and say that this post really makes me miss California. looks like a perfect day!

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Ashlee said...

I Love Pacific Coast Highway - One of my favorite drives to take when we are out that way. We are so lucky to have places like this in California. We are spoiled!

-Ashlee Michelle

Justine said...

These photos are breathtaking! My boyfriend and I, two years ago, drove up the PCH from LA to Oregon. It was gorgeous. If you don't mind sharing, what type of photo editing program do you use? All of these photos look so great.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

PCH is one amazing strip and as you beautifully captured it offers amazing sights. :) You were or are right in my old neighborhood by the way. Ah, do I miss Ventura County. :)

Louise Peyton said...

Looks incredible, beautiful photos :)

Stephanie said...

We have so much beauty out here in California, it's easy to take it for granted sometimes.

Sara Bell said...

Don't you just love it when a little bummer turns into something great?
This is gorgeous!

JackieTravels said...

You've basically highlighted every reason why I love being from California. We are definitely meeting up once I'm back there!

JackieTravels said...

You've basically highlighted every reason why I love being from California. We are definitely meeting up once I'm back there!

Mo (New on U) said...

I just love the PCH - nothing else like it in the US. And if you can do it in a convertible, even better :)

Mo (New on U) said...

I just love the PCH - nothing else like it in the US. And if you can do it in a convertible, even better :)

Mimi Finerty said...

Oh wow what an amazing drive. And the fish tacos at the end of it sound pretty amazing too!

lost in travels said...

what an awesome spontaneous trip! Sometimes the things we don't plan are better than the plans that get canceled!

Ella-Lauren said...

That sounds perfect! I love spontaneous trips, especially when they've made a possibly bad day/event turn out to be the exact opposite.

Jessica said...

This is near my home, the place I grew up! It's so beautiful! -Jessica L

Debbie said...

Amazing photos, fascinating trip!!
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