Up the California Coast

For years we have talked about making the famous drive up the California coast on PCH, so when it came time to plan 50 in Five, we made sure to make the time for it. Naturally, our drive from Morro Bay to Carmel-by-the-Sea had many stops.

First was the next town up called Cayucos. It was a small but very colorful place. DB found out about a famous cookie shop and we stopped in. The staff at the Brown Butter Cookie Company was friendly, informative, and super generous with the complimentary samples! We settled on a small bag of their espresso cookies and we enjoyed them later that night with some tea.

The next stop was Cambria. We grabbed an iced latte at a cute little coffee shop and walked around the small downtown area. We passed by a bus stop and Niner saw a small purse on the bench. We looked at each other and we both knew that we had to find its owner. We looked through the purse and did not find emergency contact info (Hello! Everyone, put a note with an emergency contact in your purse and/or wallet right this moment!). The purse belonged to an 18 year old from Virginia; we found her on Facebook and gave her our info. We explored the town for a while, kind of lagging to give the girl time to contact us. When we decided to leave, so we dropped off the purse at the fire station. The fireman asked if we found it at a bus stop – bingo! Turns out, the girl just called there to see if it was tuned in (her phone died and she was calling from the jewelry store next to the bus stop). The girl messaged us later in the day thanking us for making sure she got her purse back with everything in tact. Paying it forward feels good! Oh, and Cambria is a cute place.

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A colorful shopping area in Cambria

DB discovered Moonstone Beach on Pinterest. When we approached the beach just north of Cambria, it looked like any other central-coast beach. Expecting to see large stones, we walked to the sea and realized that the sand was composed of the “moonstones.” We were mesmerized – each handful of sand was unique and beautiful.

Next, we hopped back on PCH and made a visit to Boucher Trail to check out some elephant seals.

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The next portion of the drive was the part that we were looking forward to… the drive through Big Sur. Apparently, we were not the only ones with that idea! Even though the drive was pretty slow and the stops were crowded, the scenery more than made up for it, especially the Bixby Canyon Bridge. We took a pit stop for dinner at the Big Sur Taphouse where we enjoyed some tacos for dinner and a nice cold pint of Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s “Boont Amber Ale.”

We then hit our destination – Marina, CA a small beachside city next to Carmel and Monterey. Our next post will be about our time in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, and beyond.

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