Highway 1 North. California. 12.27.2011.

Harmony is this way. Then we had to wait on the side of the highway for a little bit as a crane was in the middle of this 2 lane highway. The view wasn't bad though. Then we went to Post Ranch Inn again for my Christmas lunch.

Christmas Day. Santa Barbara. California. 12.25.2011.

After opening up presents we went out to Montecito on the boat. The weather could not have been more beautiful. Humbug humbug to you all!

Santa Barbara. California. 12.24.2011.

We went to the beach to find very low tides today. Perfect conditions for another tidepooling adventure. We saw a sea lion that got rescued by marine rescue. Then we saw a feisty crab.

Hearst Castle. San Simeon. California. 12.23.2011.

This morning we did a tour of the Grand Rooms at the Hearst Castle. It'd be nice to have a dinner party there and then end up in that indoor pool. Afterwards we saw zebras down the road. On our way to Santa Barbara, I saw a bunch of llamas off the side of the freeway!

San Simeon. California. 12.22.2011.

Road trip number 2 day 1. We stopped overnight at San Simeon to do a tour of the Hearst Castle in the morning before heading south. On the way to our hotel we stopped off on the side of the road and I saw this bull. I said hi and he mooed at me. Then we checked into our hotel and opened a bottle of wine and drank it in our pajamas and watched the sunset. After dinner, we made our s'mores in the fireplace.


Epic road trip day 5. Big Sur. California. 11.25.2011.

Upon our return from Santa Barbara, we stopped by Post Ranch Inn for a leisurely lunch. Our table was right in front of the ocean. Can you guess what that second picture is of? Then we took a nice stroll before we headed back to San Francisco.

Epic road trip day 4. Santa Barbara. California. 11.24.2011.

On the Day of Gluttony we hung out on the boat, went tidepooling, and feasted.

Epic road trip day 3. Santa Barbara. California. 11.23.2011.

We walked the dog. Then I made my pumpkin cheesecake. Then we walked up on the hill in the yard to watch the sun go down. Those are the 4 chosen pumpkins from Davenport.

Epic road trip day 2. Monterey. California. 11.22.2011.

Monterey Bay Aquarium remains one of my favorite places. We thought we would only be here for an hour or two, but we ended up spending about 4 hours here. Then we headed to San Luis Obispo for dinner before we ended up in Santa Barbara.

Epic road trip day 1. Davenport. California. 11.21.2011.

We left San Francisco and stopped by Davenport and Santa Cruz for a walk to the beach. We walked through a massive brussels sprout field and saw a beach full of seals sunbathing. Then we crossed the street to pick out 4 of our favorite pumpkins at an abandoned pumpkin patch before we continued on our merry way to Monterey to spend the night. We also made s'mores in our hotel room fire place. We hunted around for a stick for this special occasion.