My parents and I are on our way up the coast of California from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles to San Francisco, with a lot of stops along the way. Join us the next few days as I share live photos from the road at our stops from our journey from Southern California, along the coast and through the middle of the state, to NorCal.
I’m trying to get the hang of this live posting thing, using iPhone photos exclusively and the WordPress app on my phone to update the post as we travel. I’ll be back with a more comprehensive report in the near future, which will include more stories from the road, plus “real” photos taken with my DLSR.
On the first day of the road trip itself, we headed north, with the first stop being Griffith Observatory…
First photo from an abnormally gorgeous day in LA at Griffith Observatory.
I believe this man invented a line of breakfast sausages, and has been immortalized at this Hollywood observatory for that culinary achievement.
The view from Griffith Observatory was stunning today (those clouds are something else!), but the architecture of the observatory itself is just as impressive to me.
My parents wanted to see some icons in Hollywood, so we headed to Hollywood & Highland. Here’s a pano of the Chinese Theater.
Something was being filmed in front of El Capitan theater that had one of the lanes closed. Just in case LA traffic wasn’t bad enough for you.
All of this wasn’t really my scene, but I guess it’s something to cross off the list. It has all of the tackiness of Times Square (including Micky Mousse!), with a California twist.
Another of Griffith Observatory, out of order for some reason.
Some assorted photos from Old Mission Santa Barbara:
Pano of the inside of the church at Old Mission.
Dinner consisted of beef tongue, lip, and cheek tacos from Lilly’s Tacos in Santa Barbara. Who knew weird parts of the cow could be so delicious?
That is not the sunrise over Morro Bay, California–it’s the warm glow of the power plant gracing the coastal skyline! 😉
The way Morro Rock just seems to rise out of the water is pretty impressive, and the Embarcadero looks like it offers some delicious local foods. I wish we had more time to explore this city, but it’s off to the next stop.
In the comments, Michael recommended a place called Raven’s Deli as a good spot for sandwiches. Never one to pass on a delicious sandwich, I was in.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying attention and ordered the tri tip special, which wasnt a sandwich…
However, 75 cents later…BOOM! Sandwich!
Michael’s recommendation was spot-on, as we all loved the food. I guess I won’t block his IP Address from reading the blog. 😉
Made it in and out of Sequoia, and what an amazing day it was. Beautiful, fresh snow and a gorgeous blue sky, plus those humbling Giants.
Panorama of sunset at Kings Canyon Overlook. This looked much better in person, I assure you (and hopefully better on my real camera).
General Sherman, the tallest tree in the world. No photo can adequately capture the scale and grandiosity of this giant.
I don’t normally photograph giant sequoias, but when I do, I prefer to do so sitting on the snow, so my clothing is sufficiently wet for the car ride to Yosemite… (I’m that blue dot in front of the tree.)
Dinner at South Gate Brewing Co. Solid meal, but definitely not 4.5/5 start quality as the 300+ Yelp reviews might suggest. Maybe it’s graded on a curve because this is a gateway town…
More updates to follow from Yosemite tomorrow!
If you’re planning a California road trip or vacation, check out my California category of posts for other things to see and do.
Any thoughts on the places we’ve visited? Recommendations for additional stops between Los Angeles and San Francisco? Have any questions or other thoughts? Please share below in the comments!