The Pacific Coast Highway: Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo

Last weekend Pam and I met some family members in Oakland for an Athletics game on Saturday night. After the game we went to Vallejo. On the return trip on Sunday we drove the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo. It was a grey day. The drive was much different from my last trip down Highway 1.

The Pacific Coast Highway in Central California.

The Pacific Coast Highway in Central California.

Miles and miles of curvy roads and beautiful sights.

Miles and miles of curvy roads and beautiful sights.

A bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway.

A bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Sunlight sneaking through the clouds and hitting the Pacific Ocean.

Sunlight sneaking through the clouds and hitting the Pacific Ocean.

We stopped in San Simeon to see elephant seals. They are such strange and fascinating creatures. The large males were not around, but the females and juveniles were plentiful.

Elephant seals sparring.

Elephant seals sparring.

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An elephant seal scratches an itch.

An elephant seal scratches an itch.

Elephant seal negotiations.

Elephant seal negotiations.

Negotiations have broken down.

Negotiations have broken down.

After the seals I got a picture of Hearst Castle and the San Simeon Pier.

Far off Hearst Castle sits by overcast skies.

Far off Hearst Castle sits by overcast skies.

The San Simeon Pier gets a little sunlight.

The San Simeon Pier gets a little sunlight.

It’s a beautiful highway to have so close by. I’m sure we’ll be back to Big Sur for more exploring.

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