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August 24, 2023

Our Next Adventure: A Road Trip up the California Coast

Kathy and I are getting ready to hit the road again, and this time, we’re heading up the stunning coast of California. I’m excited to share our plans and maybe even give you some ideas for your own future vacation adventures.

Muir Woods concept for Our Next Adventure: A Road Trip up the California Coast
Is this what Muir Woods will look like? I can’t wait to find out!

Our trip will start in North San Diego County, the place we call home, and (usually) forget how beautiful it is. We’ll make our way up the coast, stopping in some of the state’s most iconic destinations, such as Solvang, Monterey, and San Francisco. Then, it will be on to Muir Woods National Monument. (If you’re a jigsaw puzzle fan and would like to try your hand at an online puzzle using my Muir Woods image, visit my website on Friday. It’s free, and it’s fun!)

After soaking in the beauty of Muir Woods, we’ll continue our journey north to the Redwoods National and State Parks, home to the tallest trees on Earth. I’ve heard that walking through the awe-inspiring redwood groves feels like stepping back in time. These majestic trees, some of which are over 2,000 years old, tower high above, creating a canopy that filters the sunlight into a soft, verdant glow. 

I’m looking forward to savoring the serene silence of the park, accented only by the occasional chirping of birds or the rustling of leaves. I can’t wait for that sense of peace and tranquility. We’re looking forward to taking leisurely hikes, capturing stunning photographs, and simply appreciating nature’s grandeur.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
The rocky coastline is a series of one magnificent view after another.

After the Redwoods, our journey will lead us back south to my personal favorite: Point Lobos Nature Reserve. Renowned for its breathtaking vistas, this marine protected area near Carmel-By-The-Sea holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to wandering the trails that wind along the rugged coastline and breathing in the salty ocean air while being serenaded by the distant crash of waves. There’s truly nothing like it.Cover of Dead Men Need No Reservations by Terry Ambrose

We’re so excited to embark on this next adventure and explore all the incredible sights, sounds, and flavors of the California coast. Whether you’re planning your own road trip or just dreaming of future travels, we hope this post has inspired you to hit the road and see what the world has to offer. So, what do you think? Are you ready to take a road trip in your state?

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22 thoughts on “Our Next Adventure: A Road Trip up the California Coast

  1. I’m hoping to go to NH at the end of next month for my oldest granddaughters birthday and to meet the newest member of the family. My niece had a baby boy the other day. We have to visit Cape Cod to see my Mother in Law, she is 93. I miss autumn in New England. No change of seasons in SW FL.

  2. We’re not much for traveling so our vacation plans include staying put and enjoying our garden and our dogs and our local zoo. Have a great trip!

  3. Good Morning!
    We will be going on a 2 week cruise to the Mediterranean . 7 Days of it will be a ballroom instruction group. Can’t wait, as we travel to Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy!

  4. Hi Terry! We’re always ready for a Florida road trip. Our favorite was inspired by the book ROADKILL by Tim Dorsey, with Serge Storms wreaking havoc from Tampa to Key West. We stopped to visit every identifiable location in the book. It was enormous fun.

  5. If you were to fallow along your northern roads you would encounter the lower mainland on the western coast of Canada 🇨🇦 then Fort Murray entering into the Alaskan coast line of which is my wish to travel ,meeting the northern lights.

  6. As a California native who has visited many of those spots…I’m ready to go do it again. Especially the redwoods. I miss the redwoods.

  7. Loved reading your posts!!! I’m ready to go to a road trip next month. I am going to Florida next month with six girlfriends. This is our fifth year going.

  8. Sounds like you’re going to have a fun trip! I live in California and have been up and down the coast several times. In October my husband and I are going (first time flying) to Tennessee to visit his aunt who is turning 97!

  9. We madde yhat trip back in the “79s as our farewell ti California. We moved back to PA. It was a beautiful trip.

  10. We’ve made it out to CA twice over the years…once when my husband had a short term contract there and once to visit some friends. We took our RV for the 2nd trip and had a great time, and we even saw those magnificent redwoods. The RV is retired right now but I’m looking at another way to travel where we can take the critters with us. A restored VW bus sounds appealing.

  11. We use to live in California and have driven and gone to all the places you are going to. Enjoy! Monterey was fantastic, Santa Cruz Mountains are beautiful and so is the Muir Woods. We are actually going to go to Edinburgh, Scotland for a vacation.

  12. Terry, get to Muir Woods early in the morning. There’s limited parking. And if you stop in Eureka to see the redwoods, watch out for the stinging nettles!

  13. Terry, I hope you have a wonderful time on this road trip. Take lots of photos as we all enjoy your pics! Safe travels.

  14. We love the California coast. We used to visit San Francisco every year for a Deco Show in December, and we would drive down to Monterrey and Carmel by the Sea. The next time we would go to Sausalito, Muir Woods and northern California towns that are wondrous (or were in the 1990s–just like American Graffiti. Then one year we went o Mendocino and another all the way up to the end of the Russian River. Wonderful! I am sad that California is being ruined by politics. We did that for five or six years in a row. San Fran was my favorite city. I would hate to see it now. We walked over the Golden Gate, drove across it, took a boat under it, and a seaplane over it. We just needed to bike across it but are too old for that now. Loved Alcatraz and Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. Went to the Presidio while it was still the Presidio, drove Lombard, took the cable cars, stayed at the Beresford Arms Hotel and generally just had fun. We have not planned travels anywhere for the near future. I am ready for more favorite places–Savannah or New Orleans.

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