Continuing up the California Coast

Leaving the Elephant Seal Rookery we drive up the coast until we reach the Big Sur closure. After massive storms in March 2017 Hwy 1 was cut off  between Cambria and Big Sur.  Big construction trucks pass us going south on Highway 1. Cal Trans has been busy working to reconnect north and south. I spoke to this employee and work is ahead of schedule. Opening may be in July.


She is here to open the gates for the construction trucks

Heading back to Cambria we stop and admire the foggy coastline.


Thick fog yet it was not cold or windy.


Graffiti boulder. I loved the colors and thought it worth a photo.

We happen upon another gem. And again, no parking fees. Yeah.


Took one look and decided that I would heed the warning.


Narrow uneven steps


Braver and younger take the trail to the beach.


This public art points at Big Sur.

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A pretty garden path leads to a nice restaurant.



Pride of Madeira


Bougainvillea in my favorite color


Right outside the restaurant this bird was enjoying a dip.

Such a nice day exploring the Central California coastline. Quiet, no hassle, get away from the noise kind of day I needed.

Thoughts on Vacations: Anticipations, Trepidations and Expectations

When I am home and doing my day to day life I imagine getting away from it all. I start watching travel shows like The Amazing Race and the travel channel. The planning process for this trip takes three months . We considers grandkid’s school vacations, pet sitters availability and parental care needs. This time we arrive at a Spring get-away.

Given the wicked cold winter weather around the country we decide on Hawaii. Destination agreed upon I head to AAA. There I meet my travel agent, Phyllis, and together my trip to Maui formed.  I look through the AAA Tour Book, purchase Maui Revealed and started anticipating sights and sounds.  David plays surf music, and I look for swim wear.  This is really going to happen! It seems so far in the future.

Next haircut I think no fuss and go for a wash and wear, get out of the shower and forget the hair dryer, non straightening do.  My straight as sticks hair of my youth has changed into wavy, then curly, and now an even curlier version.  Perfect for the warm, more humid climate.

Suddenly, last minute preparations are made, and the vacation is at hand. Camera, sun screen, new summer crops and tees ready, and packed.

Bags are packed!

Bags are packed!

Now the trepidations occur. I know I will miss my dog, Libby. We go for a walk every day, and when that is not possible she is with me to make me feel right with the world. She is such a stress reliever. When I am not in my routine sometimes I get to thinking too much, and not in a good way. My parents are not doing well, and decide in the last minute that they need someone close by, and so I arrange for my brother to stay in Sacramento for a couple of days. This requires some changes to my planning, but that gets taken care of quickly.

Perfect Sentiments

Perfect Sentiments

Departing from San Francisco

Departing from San Francisco

Then I am reminded that when you leave home you often take your baggage with you, so to speak. As I said trepidations. At this point, I lower my expectations and think of this as just a quick 7 day trip. No wild zip lines, no scuba diving, and no submarine rides. Just some quiet time photographing sunsets, and interesting scenery.

Airport Art

Airport Art

Airport waiting

Airport waiting

As John Denver says in the song Leaving on a Jet Plane “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.. I’m leaving on an jet plane…”

Kahului here we come

Kahului here we come

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Next post, vacation memories!