Driving the Coast in an awesome sports car when the skies are clear and and the weather is just right is just about on every one's bucket list that I know of. & Let me tell you, it's sooooo worth it. There is nothing more beautiful than driving right next to the vast and precious ocean listening to a play list you conjured specifically for this trip. Driving the 101 was mostly Isaac's idea, wanting to dedicate a whole day to make sure we had enough time for stops, pictures, and sightseeing along the way. We started in Monterey and headed all the way down to Los Angeles. Big Sur was definitely my favorite, with its gradient of blues and light fog banks that strolled through. I was so used to seeing the overpopulated ocean water in Santa Monica, that I had no idea how beautiful the Pacific Ocean really was. We made lots of stops here and there to stretch our feet and inhale the fresh ocean breeze, including one at Ragged Point where we enjoyed some scones and hot chocolate (since it was getting chilly as the day went on.) They had an amazing ocean view spot which I really recommend checking out. We also stopped at the Elephant Seal Rookery to look at the ADORABLE seals who would every once in a while get up and worm along, and then drove by Hearst Castle, which we didn't get to tour but did see from afar. We stopped and watched the sunset at a random spot and watched as the ocean turned into a black abyss.
It was perfect.
I recommend bringing along:
1. The perfect play list or variety of CD's; which will totally make the experience even better.
2. A Gorilla Pod; will make pictures A LOT easier if it's only 2 of you.
3. Snacks; duh!
4. A blanket.
5. A book! As much as I loved looking out; I did have my moments of wanting to tackle down a chapter or two of Catching Fire.
Also, keep in mind that with all the stopping you will need to add a couple of hours to your road time, but you already knew that, right?
Driving the coast will definitely be something to remember. (: