09 Jan Road trip, Central California
We had a wonderful 2 nights at Carpinteria State Beach. We loved the town. When we exited Highway 1 we found a great little strip mall with everything we needed. (Including a dog wash that was necessary for Ellie on our second day!) The State Park campground is directly on the beach! We had big waves so the campsites that are directly on the beach were closed. We were in the next row, with an unobstructed view of the beach and the huge ocean waves right out our back window.
There is a great trail out of the park to the south that we explored on our first morning. We then headed into Santa Barbara and took a little tour before we had lunch at a FisHouse. I had a wonderful fish taco and Dick loved his fish sandwich. Coffee after at the French Press. Then we met Jolie and Scott who live aboard their 38 ft sailboat in Santa Barbara harbor.
Yesterday, we headed further North to Morro Bay State Park. We got there just in time to see the sunset. We took some amazing pictures, (I think the best ever!). Our nephew Seth, came down for dinner, and we hung out around a campfire. Today was a misty rainy day. We drove to Seth & Karen’s in Atascadero and then went on a road tour of Daou winery (where Seth is working) and drove up the coast to Piedras Blancas near San Simeon to see the Elephant Seals. It is currently birthing and mating season. Lot’s of babies hanging on the beach with their mamas! Tomorrow we will be off to head further up the coast, Dick says the next part is the most beautiful. We plan to get to San Francisco on Monday or Tuesday and we have a couple boats we are interested in looking at!