May of 2017 included a fun, two day road trip to the central coast of California. On the second day, I left San Francisco in the morning and headed south through Half Moon Bay and Davenport towards Santa Cruz.

On my "to-see" list were the infamous towns of Monterey and Carmel by the Sea, California, known for their beautiful Pacific Ocean views. It was strange though, as you'll see below I stopped in those towns, but truth be told, I kind of...zoomed through them quickly. I did not realize why until I arrived at Point Lobos State Reserve. On that particular day, the Reserve closed at 7PM, so my quick trip through these places would later = more time at Point Lobos (a good thing).    

As expected, Monterey and Carmel were beautiful, in addition I remembered a nice attraction to head further south, 17 Mile Drive. It's pretty self explanatory, but it's a stretch of coastline road through Pebble Peach, CA, know for a lot of historic mansions, golf courses, and again, views. I again was zooming through, but I took enough time to appreciate the ambiance and make a stop at the Lone Cypress. 

Thankful for the moments along this stretch of Highway 1: