We left our hotel at 8 but we had to gas up first. The gas is definitely more expensive in California than any where else we have been including Alaska. We also found out that it is cheaper if you pay cash, with a card it was $4.29
We really enjoyed Highway 33. As we drove through the mountains on a windy road we enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
California State Route 33
State Route 33 is a north–south state highway in the U.S. state of California. It runs north from U.S. Route 101 in Ventura through the Transverse Ranges and the western side of the San Joaquin Valley to Interstate 5 at a point east of Tracy. SR 33 replaced part of U.S. Route 399 in 1964 during the “great renumbering” of routes. In the unincorporated sections of Kern County it is known as the West Side Highway. In addition, the California Legislature designated the entire Kern County portion as the Petroleum Highway in 2004. The southernmost portion in Ventura is a freeway known as the Ojai Freeway, while it is known as the Maricopa Highway from Ojai to Maricopa
When we came into Ojai we stopped at a roadside produce stand. We bought some cherries and strawberries. The cherries were funny looking. They were almost all two cherries that grew together with two seeds, but they were so tasty.
We got our first view of the Pacific Ocean at noon.
As we drove into Santa Barbara we decided to eat lunch and have a beer. I managed to find a local brewery, The Brewhouse. The food and beer was very good and I would highly recommend it if you are in the area.
The Brewhouse Santa Barbara is a fun and friendly American Bistro Brewery that is dedicated to the premise that you will never leave hungry, thirsty, dissappointed or unamused. A favorite with locals of all ages, anyone who discovers the Brewhouse becomes family. You can get more information on the menu and the brewery here:
After lunch we hit the Pacific Coast Highway. We were very excited about driving it for the first time. Everyone had always told us what a beautiful drive it was, so we wanted to see it for our selves.
Our first stop was Nojoqui Falls. The short 10 minutes walk to the falls was well worth the stop.
Walking the short trail to gaze at the falls makes what is already a stimulating setting even more memorable. Able to accommodate large groups, Nojoqui has become a favorite site for company and family outings.
Our next stop was Pismo Beach where we walked the beach for an hour in the late afternoon.
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. The estimated population was 7,931 in 2014, up from 7,655 in the 2010 census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a cluster of cities in that area of San Luis Obispo County. The “Five Cities” is actually only three cities; Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande. Oceano is a Community Service District and Shell Beach is part of Pismo Beach.
After our nice walk along the beach we got back in the car and got back on the road. There were a lot of people that were stopped on the side of the road. I could see some elephant seals laying on the beach. It reminded me of the people in the summer stopped along Turnagain Arm in Alaska. People stop there to look at the mountain goats and sheep on the cliff above the Arm.
We got into Monterey around 10. We stayed at the Seaside Inn.
Welcome to Seaside Inn in Monterey, California, an excellent place to stay along the Cabrillo Highway and close to so many things to see and do. We are just 10 mins drive from Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Airport is just 6 miles from our clean, comfortable and convenient hotel. You’ll like the simple decor, the outdoor walkways and the ample amenities designed to enhance your stay.
We had another great day and saw tons of wonderful scenery. I hope you are enjoying our trip.
Thanks for stopping by!