Knowing that we had a few days off, we decided to plan a spontaneous trip to the other end of the country. California is breathtaking. The weather, sunshine, clear skies, and incredible scenery is like nothing else I have ever seen before. We didn't waste any time. Each morning we would wake up before the sunrise and go for a long run around the towns and cities to see as much on foot as possible. We ended up running 50.7 miles in five days! Here's a concise itinerary.
Saturday: Land in San Jose at 11. Rent a car. Drive to San Francisco. Check in to motel and change into running clothes by 3. Run by the marina to Fort Mason, through Ghirardelli Square, down to Pier 39, and back through China Town and Lombard Street by 6. Shower and dinner at a cute Mexican alleyway shop.
Sunday: Run to the Golden Gate Bridge and along it and then back to the motel. Shower and hop in the car to drive to Santa Cruz and then Monterrey. Arrive in Monterrey at 3. Walk down Cannary Row and have dinner at a seaside restaurant.
Monday: Run along the beach and through the beach side neighborhoods and by the Navy post. Shower and leave Monterrey. Drive along the PCH stopping several times along the way; i.e. at the Henry Miller Library. Arrive in Santa Barbara. Walk along the Pier and have dinner.
Tuesday: Run along the waterfront, shower, drive to Point Mugu and Santa Monica. Stop at the Santa Monica Pier and ride the Ferris Wheel. Go to LAX and leave at 2. Arrive in Atlanta at 11.
I took a LOT of pictures, but they're all linked here. Here are a select few of the pictures I took that I thought you might enjoy...
Of course. The legendary In-N-Out.
Monterrey for an early morning beach run.
This is the Henry Miller Library. It's a little book store and coffee shop with art off the PCH with beautiful redwoods surrounding it.
The Santa Barbara Pier.
And this picture, circling Atlanta, is the end to our spectacular, highly memorable trip. I fell in love with California and I can guarantee you that I will be returning in the future.