When you have free time in your life, take a road trip. Whether its to somewhere that is an hour away or few hours away, go somewhere some new and explore.
Yesterday i went on a little road trip with a friend and her dog. It feels great to not have plans, no destination, no place needs to be. Just us girls and mans best friend to explore unknown territory and being spontaneous.
Our first stop was the Moonstone beach. The beach is located on the Cambria coastline. This beach is so gorgeous and not crowded at all. People who have been to moonstone beach before will tell you on the right day you will see shiny moonstones on the beach that will shine different color. Unfortunately we did not go on the right day to see that. Locals told us that tourist have been taking moonstones off of the beach so you don’t see the shine on the beach anymore. If you are ever around this area, I highly recommend that you take an hour to stop by and check out the beach. Not too far from the beach, you can check out Hearst Castle. We were unable to go on to the tour this time but seem like a great castle to tour if you are interested into castle. You will need reservation to go on the castle tour. For more information you can check out their website http://hearstcastle.org
Our next stop was Elephant seal Vista point which is not too far from Moonstone beach. you will see a ton of elephant seal at this location lounging around. You will spot new borns to 5+ years old seal at this location.
You get to see them from within reasonable distance and you will hear all the noises that they make. On a hot sunny day you will see that they are layering sand on themselves to stay cool. Few will be playing in the shallow water. Its a pretty cool location to get closer to nature!
Highly recommend that you bring your nice camera for some great shot of them in action.
Our next stop was a spontaneous hike at Los Padres National forest. We like hiking in the shades so we were able to find a spot that had shaded hiking trails. Since i’m from the east coast, i like hiking in the woods. I find it funny to hike in the dessert in Los Angeles where there is nothing but cactus and dirt and hottt! I much rather hike in th e woods and check out different vegetation and stay cool.
On Route 1 there are few hiking trails that you can take. It is up to you what kind of hike you would like to do. There are trails that are as short as half of a mile to as long as three miles.
Our last spot was a Bay area of Los Padres National forest. You may find few campers at this area or if you are thinking of a location to go camp, i highly recommend this location.
This is a very peaceful, calm and private location that you can just listen to the ocean and be part of the nature!
This trip really gave me a different prospective of what California has got to offer and it reminded me how much i enjoy having a dog in my life. I guess it is time for me to think about getting that dog i always want to have in my life.