on July 10, 2007
It is one of those areas where not many humans have walked. I've never experienced so much nature in one drive. We saw miles and miles of coastline while in a convertible. This is the only way to fully experience the drive. It is a very long, winding, hot, cold, windy, sunny, foggy ride. The weather changes often and rapidly. The eucalyptus trees are beautiful and fill the air with incredible fragrances as does the wild sage along the road. There are photo ops all along the coast: beaches, cliffs, waves, and wildlife. We spotted many deer, one elk, two cows in the road, lots of turkey vultures, possibly an eagle and a variety of other little critters. We stopped in a few little towns and ate. There aren't many places to stop because of the terrain, so we were always surprised to find that a town had been built in such a remote place. We will definitely try to take this drive again someday. Only this time, we would like to stay in Mendocino. It is a very cute town with the headlands where you can walk out and take pictures up and down the coast. This drive was the highlight of our entire trip.
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