I have always wanted to make the drive along the coast from LA to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway. When we first made our plans to fly out to California, we weighed the option of flying from LA to San Fran and spending more time there and in Napa, but we just didn’t want to miss the opportunity to drive- stopping wherever and whenever we wanted, with no timetable or strict itinerary. We made a list of the must-see’s and must-stop’s which included: Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, McWay Falls in Big Sur, Bixby Bridge and Monterey Bay. Big Sur was by far my favorite leg of the trip- winding roads that traversed the mountains along the sea. We were able to stop at a small inn with 180 degree overlooks to the ocean- needless to say the views were incredible! The temperature was perfect too, probably about 75 degrees with a cool ocean breeze with the warm afternoon sun shining down.

We had so much fun on our drive, jamming out to our favorite music, and reminiscing on old memories. I am such a huge fan of road trips for this reason – lots of time to connect.

The last stop of the evening was in Monterey Bay where we headed straight to fisherman’s wharf to delight in some fresh seafood. Brandon had been craving crab legs, and after deciding between the 5 or 6 restaurants that served it, we sat down to enjoy the view of the bay at dusk and a freshly caught-out-of-the-bay  dinner!