Hello Everyone and Welcome Back to Yours Truly Ally,
It has been a while since I have posted, but I am back. Recently, I went on a road trip with my boyfriend and our two other friends. We went to a few different places which included: the Sequoia National Forest, San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, and Hearst Castle. We experienced this over a span of five days and we were able to see so much.
Beginning our journey, we drove about five hours to our first stop at a lodge, fairly close to the Sequoias where we unexpectedly found a river and enjoyed our evening there swimming. Later that night we watched a few movies and were on our way to bed to prepare for another day of driving.
The next morning, we woke up and drove into the forest where we were able to see the General Sherman tree along with many other beautiful sights. With clear blue skies and just the right temperature, you wouldn’t believe that it started raining, but it did and it was such an amazing thing to witness. After a morning full of hiking through the forest, we made about a four hour drive up to San Francisco and stopped at our hotel to relax before a night out. After a couple of hours, we got dressed up and went to see the Golden Gate Bridge. It was surprisingly foggy, but we got very good pictures out of it. After our stop at the bridge, we made it down to Pier 39 where we ate clam chowder bowls and walked around the pier. We then drove to the Ghiradelli Factory and had the best ice cream which is how we ended our night.
Waking up bright and early the next day, we were able to make it to the gym in our hotel and then to a donut cafe right down the street which had the best donut holes! This ended our time in San Francisco as we drove down to Monterey where we would spend two nights. The drive down to Monterey was hands down my favorite drive/experience of the whole trip. The trees filled my view left and right and it was absolutely beautiful. As we arrived to Monterey, we stopped at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which was something beyond my expectations. The aquarium was right on the water giving us an outstanding view of the coast. We then went to eat at restaurant, which I forget the name of, but I ordered the best pastrami sandwich ever! We then walked around the shops and finished up the night by going back to our hotel.
We woke up pretty early the next day and ate breakfast in the lobby, which was surprisingly better than I had expected. We then got ready and prepared ourselves for a day of exploring. First off, we did what is called the 17-mile drive, which takes you through luxury houses along the coast and through beautiful trees. We made a few stops along the road to enjoy the beach. We saw a lot of tide pools that had several small crabs and we even picked up a few shells that we were able to find. After the 17-mile drive, we drove down to Bixby Bridge where I believe was the most breath-taking view out of them all! The water was gorgeous and the formation of the hills were beyond belief, it felt as though we were in another country. We then made our way back Point Lobos, which is a hiking trail. We spent a few hours there walking around, taking in all of the things around us. After a long day of hiking and walking around, we found a Mediterranean restaurant that had great food. The restaurant was on the fancier side and we showed up dressed in workout clothes and dirty shoes, but putting that aside the waiter gave us free dessert. This ended our last night in Monterey and it was by far the best night there.
To finish up our road trip, we had a pretty early morning as we drove up to Mcway Falls, which is a waterfall right along the coast under a hillside. The views here were stunning and the water was crystal clear. We took a few pictures and made our way to Hearst Castle. As we drove up we saw zebras…ZEBRAS! They were wild zebras just roaming around by all of the cows on the hill. That was craziest thing I had seen. We then explored around the castle which was absolutely insane! We left Hearst Castle around 3 p.m. and decided to stop at a nearby In-N-Out for a meal before a long ride home. We ended up arriving at home around 9 p.m. and we were exhausted.
After this trip, I realized that there is so much more to see in California than I thought. Although this road trip was only in California, I was able to experience such amazing things and what made it even better was that I had my best friends right alongside me. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and this is something that I would definitely want to do again. With that being said thank you to Jacob, Brandon, and Aliyha for making this trip possible I love you all!