Get to reunite with my good friend Mark, who in his rugged outdoorsy way has moved out to Alaska. Got on a direct flight and was on my way! The first immediate thing to get used to was SUN, sun, SUN even at midnight. We caught up and grabbed a quick dinner at Bear Tooth, which also shows cool movie series. Tip: Anything with salmon will be amazing and everything has salmon. Also managed to work in some bad timing as the Swan Lake Fire spread and smoke started covering our views.
Started the day at the Anchorage Museum, a great mix of culture, art & design.
Today was definitely the most scenic part of our PCH drive. Every overlook was just gorgeous. We just drove and enjoyed the breeze and the views. We made it to the Bixby Bridge, crashed some wedding photos and drove through some Redwoods.
We ended up not being able to find the restaurant we Yelped so instead got drawn to this place of course, Big Sur Taphouse. We had delicious bar food, yummy beer and rested out in the sun. Pretty much the best place ever.
Next up, Pebble Beach! Initially, we weren’t too impressed but realized we had looped around the wrong entrance. TONS of stops, all of them gorgeous but we did get tired by the end and some of these are just shot from the convertible. Also, lots of wildlife.
After this we had to head to the Mystery Spot which was definitely a curious/weird/out of the ordinary/yet worth it place to visit. Also, they made fun of little kids, so we thought it was hysterical.
The goal tonight was to actually get dinner before driving in. We managed a quick stop for Mexican take out.
We prepped ourselves for the long drive back to Los Angeles. Of course we had to say goodbye to the horses first. Then headed to Hearst Castle, a ridiculous estate basically built on the whims of someone with a lot of money. We also stopped at San Luis Obispo to see an alley made of gum, ew. Then more and more driving back to LA.
Although, our PCH drive was over, we also visited the Griffith Observatory and the Murphy Ranch. The ranch is DEFINITELY worth visiting.
It is a CRAZY cool now abandoned compound and the has some creepy history and now covered in graffiti. Be prepared for aching legs, there are a lot of stairs.
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