there are no bad words for the coast today
being a california boy for life, it's sometimes easy to take for granted the magnificent scenic beauty of this place i live. i've lived much of my life not more than 5 miles from the ocean and yet sometimes it's obscene how rarely i actually see it. and usually outta sight equals outta mind...
enter this past weekend. i was up in the bay area for my cousin's wedding (a lucky guy he is, but that's another post) on saturday. i typically try to make the drive each way as quick as possible, not wanting to waste a whole day in the car. on a good day i can do it in five and a half hours. but this time, feeling the need for a bit of a battery recharge, i decided to take monday off from work and take highway 1 along the central coast, a drive that is much longer and slower but, as it turns out, completely worth it. here are just a few of my highlights...
a little secluded spot just south of carmel.
the sheer, rocky cliffs that line the shore are just magnificent and really make you appreciate that this is, in fact, the edge of a continent.
mcway falls, just south of big sur, is possibly my favorite sight that i have ever witnessed. the combination of ocean, waterfall, sand, rocks, and surf is just breathtaking to behold.
sometimes you have to consciously remind yourself of the existence of a world on the other side of the highway. if i had forgotten, look at what i would have missed.
it just keeps going and going, an endless bounty of the beauty of mother nature.
sand is overrated. it's just tiny little rocks.
sunset in morro bay. the perfect end to a perfect day.
in the end it was the most rewarding drive i have ever taken, leaving me refreshed and recharged. while i know it will always be easy, in the hum and drum of everyday life, to lose focus of the beauty that surrounds me, i will always be able to quickly recall the visions in my memory of this trip. and in those visions are a constant reminder of how much i love california. and i know i'm not the only one...
from the album songs and music from the motion picture "she's the one" (1996)
california's been good to me / hope it don't fall into the sea / sometimes you gotta trust yourself / it ain't like anywhere else
from the album mermaid avenue (1998)
i'd like to dream my troubles all away / on a bed of california stars / jump up from my starbed and make another day / underneath my california stars / they hang like grapes on vines that shine / and warm the lover's glass like friendly wine / so, i'd give this world / just to dream a dream with you / on a bed of california stars
from the album take offs and landings (2001)
they say california is a recipe for a black hole / i say i've got my best shoes on / i'm ready to go