A few weeks ago, Erik and I drove down the coast from Portland to San Francisco. It is something we have both wanted to experience for a while, having explored pockets here and there. Ideally, it would have been grand to travel the entire length, but that will have to wait for another time. I've only been down as far as Cape Perpetua, OR, so this was a treat.
Most of the first couple days were overcast and cloudy with lots of fog, which made for some beautiful pictures, but not the weather we were hoping for. We made some stops along the way to see my cousin Johanna in Arcata and aunt and uncle down in California. Northern California blew me away, so dang pretty. And those redwoods, kidding me?
I've been wanting to visit San Francisco for years. We only got to spend 1 day there, but I would love to go back and stay for much longer. It was a very cool city, literally. The weather was, again, not kind to us, but we made the most of it.
Erik drove most of the way and we spent a night in Crescent City and one in Bodega Bay at an Air BnB. Both places were right on the coast overlooking the ocean, which was so perfect. I just wish we had had a bit more time to extend our stay, especially in Bodega Bay. I could have spent a few days there.
The next few pictures are from Newport, OR. We saw lots of pretty yellow flowers, big rocks, seals, condors, a hawk and birds that looked like penguins.
Devil's Punchbowl, OR. I visited here with my friend Anna last year around this time. At low tide, you can walk down inside of the formation.
Cape Perpetua, OR. Devil's Churn. This was my second trip to Cape Perpetua, the first being with my friend Anna. It was much foggier this time, which made for some great pictures.
We stopped at a few other places along the way to Crescent City, which would mark the end of our first day. I loved all the succulents and golden grass along the beaches.
Day 2 started with a trip to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, which was so very beautiful and unreal. I've always wanted to see the redwoods, and they did not disappoint. Holy cow. We saw so many banana slugs, but for some reason, my camera decided to delete those pictures, so no slugs for you.
After a brief stop in Arcata to see my cousin Johanna, we make our way further down the Cali coast and closer to that sunshine baby! Can't believe the pretties.
Bodega Bay took my breath away, to say the least. I wish we could have spent a week there, it was beyond beautiful. The Air BnB we stayed at was directly across from the ocean, so the view was perfect. And the place itself was just incredible, definitely worth it. There was so much extra space. It would be so fun to go back with a group of people and spend a few days. We had dinner at an Indian restaurant nearby that was actually really very good.
In the morning, Erik's friends met us for a hike down to a hidden beach. It was fun to get out and explore the area some more. I really didn't want to leave.
The final leg of the trip was spent in Sacramento with Erik's family and a nice day trip to San Francisco. It was colder than I expected and very windy, and I was, admittedly, underdressed. We did some of the tourist staples: the bridge, Chinatown and Golden Gate Park. I would love to go back to explore some more in the near future.