Roof down and sun shining, our first stop was Santa Cruz for a night. We stayed in a hostel with a curfew and no alcohol allowed, the less said about that the better!! We drove onto a fishing village of Monterey. We visited the aquarium here as it had been recommended by everyone!! So we gave it a shot and so glad we did, what an experience, well worth a trip. We had a lovely dinner in the beautiful town of Carmel after watching the sunset on it's gorgeous beach.
The next day was the Big Sur day. The Big Sur is miles and miles of winding road all along the coastline. The views were spectacular to say the least. Its one of those things that words can't describe, and we looked on in awe (being careful to stay on the right side of the road!) Along the way we came across an elephant seal beach, all laid out enjoying the sunshine. We rambled through San Simeon and checked out it's gorgeous beach and pier. We witnessed a scarecrow competition in the cute Cambria and headed onto Morro Bay.
We arrived in Morro Bay, a small town along the route. The main tourist attraction the town has is Morro Rock, and it's a big rock, that's it, a big ole rock. Lovely. We had planned on going kayaking in this town. We went for something to eat, it was happy hour, we got chatting to people, all of us watching the World Series, cheering on teams we had no affiliation with, a karaoke machine was produced, let's just say kayaking never happened!
With sore heads the next morning we headed for Santa Monica, LA. A quick look at the map showed us it was four hours away, it was going be a long day! We stocked up on crisps, sweets and drinks. For the next five hours we casually drove through small lazy towns one after the other, with the roof down in the sunshine, singing (badly) along to the radio, beeping to anyone who would wave back at us, laughing our heads off. We arrived just in time for sunset in beautiful Santa Monica beach and a well deserved nap!