This is turning into the blog series that never ends! First, I had a two week gap between post, because I wasn’t feeling well. Now, I’ve gone a few days without posting, because my laptop decided to die over the weekend. All is well now, and I can continue to share more about our trip. Hopefully (fingers crossed) I’ll have this series finished soon.
To read more about the planning of our California Road trip go here. To read about previous stops on our trip, click on the following links:
Day 3 Part 1 (LA)
Day 5 (Napa)
Day 6 Part 1 (Napa Hot Air Baloon Ride)
In preparation for day six, I had the following in a folder: an itinerary for the day, printed driving directions, and copies of reservations for our glampsite.
- wake up and get ready
meet Balloons Above the Valley for a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley
a.m. - breakfast with the hot air balloon company
9:30 a.m. - breakfast at Old World Inn
11:00 a.m. - checkout of inn and leave Napa
1:00 p.m. - travel Pacific Coast Highway beaches
4:oo p.m - stop for early dinner in Santa Cruz
5:00 p.m. - check into our glampsite at Costanoa Lodge in Pascadero, enjoy the grounds, make s'mores, watch fireworks on the beach and get a good night's sleep:)
After our early morning hot air balloon ride, we ate breakfast, checked out of our inn and said good bye to
From there we traveled southwest, crossed the Napa and spent the afternoon traveling
the Golden Gate Bridge Pacific Coast Highway from to San Francisco .
We stopped at several state beaches along the way and enjoyed the
coastal beauty that was literally only a few steps away from the well-known
highway. Santa Cruz
As we traveled the down the coast, it was neat to see families and friends gathered on the beaches, bundled up in blankets and sweatshirts next to the warmth of their bonfires on the sand. It was the Fourth of July, so there were probably lots of people celebrating on the beaches the same way that we have cookouts in our backyards here in the
Midwest or picnics in our local
parks. I have to say, that I definitely
like the way they celebrate better than the way we do here in the Midwest.
Oh to have the views of the CA coast every Fourth of July!
When I look back on this part of the trip, it was my third favorite part. Yosemite was definitely my favorite, and
La Jolla ranks second on my list, only because
it was much warmer than the CA Hwy 1 beaches.
Yes, the coast of northern was beautiful, but it was also
much colder than I was expecting! There’s
no way I’d get in the water….it was freezing, not to mention the massive waves
looked deadly as they crashed upon the rocky shores and cliffs of the west
coast…ahhh, but still, it was gorgeous, and I’d definitely like to walk those
beaches again some day:) Cali
Once we got
, we didn’t anticipate the enormous crowds gathered in the town to
celebrate the Fourth. We barely found a
parking spot, and the one we did find was one of the very last ones on the
pier. We only planned to go to Santa
Cruz for dinner, and considering the
amount of people, we picked one of the closest restaurant we could find to our car. Stagnaro Bros. Restaurant was really good! I didn’t plan this restaurant, so I think we
just got lucky with it. Just like the menu says, the food is caught
fresh off of the pier each day. Matt ordered classic battered fish and
coleslaw, and I ordered an open face crab grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of clam
chowder on the side. The food was fresh and reasonably
priced. After an
early dinner, we drove back towards Santa Cruz , and stopped for the night in San Francisco .
It was there that we would experience glamping….if you don’t know what
glamping is, I’ll just have to tell ya all about it in my next post;) Pascasero
A few pics of our day…..