We are in sunny San Diego! Last night I didn’t have access to wi-fi so I postponed my blog post from our day cruising the PCH. So here goes:
Two days ago we drove from Yosemite to Modesto to meet with another of Kara’s cousins for breakfast, Letitia Senechal and her son Russell. We had a fabulous time getting to know Russell and playing some improv games with the kids menu at the restaurant. Unicorn for the win!
Once we drove around the Soberanes Forest Fires it was about 4:30pm and we finally made it back to the coast. We figured we still had enough time to cruise up the coastline to the Big Sur area and that was one of the things I was most excited about when we started planning this road trip many months ago. Along the way, this photo is how the skies looked to the right side of the car.
Looking off the left side of the highway you wouldn’t know anything was happening at all.
Once we got a little further up the coast we saw a number of base camps for the forest fire fighting crews and huge scores of fire trucks flying up the highway.
We also got to see a score of firefighting helicopters flying overhead, refilling their water buckets along the coastline and soaring back into the wilderness to drop their payloads.
The latest news we’ve heard about the fires is they don’t expect to have it all contained until about September 30th.
Once we were clear of the fire crews the light was perfect for some vista shots along the coastline. Kara took over the driving duties for the entire drive from Yosemite to Big Sur heading north. I got to take over driving heading south and it’s definitely an adventurous drive to take once, let alone back to back.
So now the sun had completely set and we still had about an hour and a half of driving left to do. Little did we know that when the light is gone on the PCH, the driving goes from adventurous to dangerous. In about 20 minutes it was completely pitch black and all you could see was the yellow reflectors in the middle of the road about 20 yards in front of the vehicle at a time.
So if you look to your left, blackness. Look to your right, blackness. And we still had at least an hour of technical driving to do with windy, cliffside roads. The speed ranges from 45 mph down to 20 mph around every bend. Sometimes down to 15 mph around particularly sharp curves. The kinds of turns you need to judge out the driver side window rather than the windshield. Kara was a trooper. There was only one instance where she let out an involuntary moan/yell when we got quite close to the guard rail. It was such a strange noise that it made me laugh for a good 30 seconds. It came from somewhere deep inside her and it wanted out.
We survived. It was an adventure for sure. One that we didn’t intend to take and one that I’m sure we won’t do again anytime soon!
Yesterday was a whole lot more mundane. We drove from Morro Bay down through Los Angeles traffic and some San Diego traffic too. I didn’t even take out my camera for the first time this trip.
Don’t worry, I got plenty of shots here in San Diego today, I will try to post something tomorrow morning.