Big Sur and Pismo Beach

Saturday October 1, 2011

Today we are leaving our Monterey accommodation and heading through the Big Sur, and on to Santa Barbara overnight.

We had heard a lot about the Big Sur, and it didn’t fail to disappoint.  I thin think the family was getting sick of me stopping every 200 metres for a photo.

Heading down Highway 1

The scenery was jaw dropping and the twists and turns had the family on edge with the constant call of watch the road 🙂

One of the many stop off points

 Some of the coastline views





We called into a National Park to trek out to a waterfall

Waterfall near middle of frame

Me caught standing under gum trees with camera gear on the back


At the end of the Big Sur, there is a colony of Elephant Seals, that take over a local beach and are very accessible to watch and photograph.



We headed on to Pismo beach for lunch, and it was a pretty lively spot.  I had been given the word to give the Fish Taco’s a try at some stage, even though they sound so wrong, I decided to give them a go.  Man were they good!  Thanks for the tip Rob!


We had a stroll around Pismo beach, and with more retail bags under our arms, we headed onto our hotel just outside of Santa Barbara.  We had a quiet night in as we were getting ready for the Disney arrival tomorrow.




Hump Day Holiday planning

Wednesday September 7, 2011

I had the luxury of spending some time researching some of our destinations that we are heading to in 10 days time.  That’s right, 10 sleeps!  We are starting to get a little excited here…

So our itinerary is:

Waikiki   17/9    –    24/9

San Francisco   24/9  –  29/9

Coastal Drive   29/9  –  2/10

Disneyland  2/10  – 5/10

I have been reading through our lonely planet guides

Street view on google maps has been fantastic to get a sense of the places we are visiting. The statue of Duke is close to where we are staying.

And reading online forums such as Trip Advisor has been invaluable to find out answers to the many questions we had.  It is at this forum that I found the blog posting of Sydney Shop Girl, whose blog I find it hard not to go to for my first reading of the day.

We went to Disneyland in December 2009, and it has certainly had an impact on the kids. I recently bought a book for Tegan on the Hidden Mickeys of DL, and she is looking at building up a score sheet for us all to see how we go.

I love this photo of Tegan from our last trip, she just looks in awe of her surroundings.

Tegan in awe at Disneyland

Today’s song of the day seems very apt, being an Aussie band (who have since changed their name to Howling Bells)  Waikiki – Here comes September

10 sleeps, can’t wait!