Northern California and Highway 1

Tons of friends have told us that we HAVE to take Highway 1 up the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts.  So, upon leaving San Francisco, we got on to Highway 1 right outside of Sausalito and headed north. Granted, Highway 1 isn’t the fastest way to travel; there are many turns, and the speed limits are slower (45-55 mph). Destination isn’t the point of Highway 1; it’s all about taking things slow and enjoying the scenery.

Highway 1

We stopped at the Muir Beach Overlook just as the sun was setting.  People, this is the MOST BEAUTIFUL/MOST SURREAL place I have ever seen.  It seriously like we were in a movie—the view was that amazing.

Muir Beach Overlook

Muir Beach Overlook

Muir Beach Overlook

Muir Beach Overlook
San Francisco to the south in the distance

Muir Beach Overlook

Muir Beach Overlook
Us.

The only bummer about the Muir Beach Overlook? The bathrooms are dis.gus.ting.

We then got back in the car and searched for a place to pull over for the night. We drove through Stinson Beach (a charming town—we plan on going back and spending more time there). No camping.

We ended up paying $35 to stay at Samuel P. Taylor State Park which looked cool when we drove in at 11:15 pm. However, come morning, we were floored by the State Park’s natural beauty. We found ourselves in the middle of massive redwoods and moss.

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Redwoods

Redwoods

Redwoods

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

The next few hours would give us some of the most spectacular views as we traveling up the coast.

Along Highway 1

Along Highway 1

Along Highway 1

Along Highway 1

Along Highway 1

Along Highway 1

Thinking

Along Highway 1

Along Highway 1

We stopped that night in Fort Ross to get some work done and to sample the region’s finest cuisine: oysters.

Oysters!

Wifi is scarce in these parts, so we ate dinner and hung out at Alexander’s at the Timber Cove Inn (they have wifi!).  We caught the gorgeous sunset off their coastside balcony.


Totem pole in Fort Ross

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3 Responses to Northern California and Highway 1

  1. Aunt Kathy says:

    The photos are breathtakingly beautiful! I am grateful you two are going slow and enjoying every minute of your trip up the West Coast. I’d love to make the journey some day.

  2. elpidio says:

    This post is made me amazing for the wonderful creation of God. Thank for the beautiful shoot you’ve been shared with us, through your adventurous journey.

  3. Noelle says:

    I am so glad you got to see a part of the Redwood forest!

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