Highway 1

In my opinion, the best road trip takes you just hours up the coast from Santa Barbara to Monterey through Pismo Beach, San Simeon, Cambria, Carmel, and Big Sur (just to name a few). The coastline is seemingly endless and flawless as the waves appear to be crashing just below the very car you're sitting in. This weekend I'm leaving for a long drive and camping trip up Highway One and already I'm pulling anticipation by looking back not only at old photographs, but also at some of my favorite pieces of literature that pick the very setting for their context. I can't wait!
 "The tide goes out imperceptibly. The boulders show and seem to rise up and the ocean recedes leaving little pools, leaving wet weed and moss and sponge, iridescence and brown and blue and China red." -Steinbeck's Cannery Row
 "And when the fog's over and the stars and moon come out at night it'll be a beautiful sight." Kerouac's Big Sur
"He loved the beauty of the sea for its own sake and asked nothing more of it." Thomas Steinbeck's Down to a Soundless Sea
"The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stay with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time." Steinbeck's Travels with Charley

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