From San Francisco, our road trip continued down the beautiful California coast to Monterey Bay and through Cannery Row.
Happiness found at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Close encounters with friendly penguins,
See ya later, Monterey!
We continued our drive down scenic Hwy 1 and enjoyed the rain and rainbows!
Sleepyhead missing Big Sur.
Elephants seals on the side of the highway!
Hello, San Simeon!
View from our cheap lodging, not bad.
Next stop, Hearst Castle!
Due to the drought, the normally gorgeous "Neptune" pool was drained, too bad.
Chilly and quite misty on the hilltop as well, which is rare for the usually sunny location.
Inside the Grand Rooms.
Love the indoor "Roman" pool.
Z really wanted to jump in!
View from the bus heading back down the hill from the Castle.
Following the castle tour, we continued our drive further south and hopped out of the car in Morro Bay to snag a picture of Morro Rock.
Also that same day, made a stop in Solvang, a cute Danish Village in Santa Barbara County.
Eating Danish treats at the local bakery, of course.
Several windmills around town, very cute.
After spending the night at the Navy Lodge in Port Hueneme near Ventura, we made a few touristy stops in L.A. before heading home. First stop, the Santa Monica Pier.
Next up, the Natural History Museum of L.A. County next to USC and the Coliseum.
Dinosaur bones, Z's favorite!
Finally, an impromptu stop at the Irvine Spectrum. Hello, Orange County!
Z wants to know when we're going on our next road trip!
Final destination: back home to Camp Pendleton! Thank you Lord for protecting us and sharing your beautiful creations with us!