Wednesday, June 10
Pictures from today.
I am in Soledad, California.
Soledad is where Of Mice and Men takes place.
I left San Luis Obispo yesterday and drove to Morro Bay to see the big rock. I hiked around there a bit and then began my coastal drive. I have a bad habit of stopping around every turn to take pictures (and to take WAY too many pictures from the car) so I lose a lot of time.
I skipped Cambria and stopped in Lucia for lunch. Here’s the view out the window of the Lucia Lodge Restaurant. They keep the windows open and a nice cool breeze blows in.
Pfeiffer Beach has that rocky arch and there’s a McWay Falls selfie on my Facebook page.
Bixby Bridge was built in 1932 and there’s a selfie of that on Facebook, too.
I skipped Arroyo Seco Gorge. It’s a half day adventure that I added just as a stopping point on the way to Soledad. I was going to camp there in the original plans but I’m beat.
I stop way too much and hop in and out of the car, I drive with one hand while taking pictures with the other, and I climbed around a bunch of rocks barefoot.
And I didn’t wear a hat and my head is sunburned.
And everything was taking much longer than anticipated, so I decided to drive on to Soledad and stay at the Motel 8. Plus, since I’m going to the Steinbeck Center and the Mystery House on Day 3, I want to look nice.
I took over 400 pictures on Day 2. I’ll cull that down to something manageable and post them later. After the first 50 pictures of – hills, clouds, giant rocks in the ocean, etc – they all start looking the same.
I’ll have to find a McDonald’s with WiFi or stay in another hotel.
Day 3 will probably be – Soledad, Salinas (Steinbeck Center), Mystery House, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Half Moon Bay. That way I get get San Francisco in the morning of Day 4 and drive on up to Schooner Gulch.