California Coastal Cruisin'

Happy Travel Tuesday! 
Today we are joining Mini Arty as he takes us cruising along some of the California Coastline!!

Take it away, Mini Arty!!
 Thanks Dory!! 
Today we are going to take in the sights of the Northern Central California Coastline.  Daddy drove from San Francisco all the way to Big Sur along the Pacific Coast Highway!!
This is a pawsome drive, but a bit long. We stayed in Monterey,  splitting the trip into a couple of days to enjoy the scenery along the way!!

 There are lots of beautiful turn outs and parks along the beach where one can stop and enjoy the scenery!!

What's that Mr. Seagull??? There is a what....over where????

 Well howdy little guy!!

 As you can see, there is also various forms of wildlife to spot along the coast!! From seagulls to osprey....seals, sea lions and even real live sea otters!!!

I know, I know...SURPRISE, Mama found a lighthouse!! 
This is Pigeon Point Lighthouse, it is also a hostel! We even saw a few college students, who were hiking their way up the coast, staying here!

 Mama says it is very rustic looking....

 She made sure to take LOTS of pictures of it! 
I think it looks a bit spooky way up there on the bluffs, don't you??

 After the lighthouse, we headed south and before we knew it (or maybe the next day) we were in Big Sur!!

 We couldn't believe that just minutes away from the ocean there were such beautiful and lush forests!!!

We stopped for lunch at the River Inn, right on a river!!

 This guy "said" he was our waiter....I believed him, but Mama and Daddy thought we should maybe wait for a human waiter who wouldn't steal our nachos before they got to the table!!

 After lunch we headed north, back up the coast,  toward Monterey. These road are so very beautiful and twist and turn right the coastline! Just look at this statuesque bridge!!

 All those mountains right on the ocean made for a beautiful ride!

 With breath-taking views!

 We stopped and had a nice dinner, at a wharf, with a pretend lighthouse...cause we all know Mama and her lighthouse obsession, BOL!

 It was a most beautiful day!! 

Thanks so much for joining me on my Coastal Cruise!!

 Join us next week, when we wrap up our Central California trip with a trip to the Monterey Aquarium!!


MilitaryPugWife said...

Yay! Loving all these photos of our future home state!

Mark Muller said...

Arty that was great to travel with you! you are a fabulous tour guide! I would like to spend a night in that lighthouse hostel, I bet there is a ghost... it looks like the perfect crib for a spooky guy, right?

Whitley Westie said...

Wow, it sure are pretty!!

Earl Lover said...

Such gorgeous pics! Love them!

Julie said...

What a beautiful coastline AND you got to see a Sea Otter...that's just awesome!!!!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Lady Suri said...

Such beautiful lighthouse!

Emma said...

That sea otter is adorable and the wharf looks so quaint and fun to visit!

Madi and Mom said...

Goodness me what a beautiful breathtaking trip you had. We have heard so many wonderful things about that drive now we see why
hugs madi your bfff and mom

Oz theTerrier said...

Such beautiful scenery on that drive! Wow! But the best photo is the otter! A real otter...they are so cute!

Two French Bulldogs said...

It sure is pretty up there where you are. Check out Carmel
Lily & Edward

Casey said...

Wow, what gawjuss sights!! Momma is leaving for Callyfornia on Friday, but I think she's just going to be staring at a giant mouse, not seeing any of those pretty places. Silly Momma!

stellaroselong said...

we cannot chose which picture we loved the most, that bridge made moms stomach hurt cos hers is a chicken of driving over big bridges, but that lighthouse was beautiful as was other pictures, you live in a beautiful place for sure....stella rose

Idaho PugRanch said...

Such beautiful scenery along the coast. Mom says she went camping at Big Sur when she was a young girl
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Wow, Mini Arty, you got to go on a great trip. All the photos are beautiful. Mom enjoys seeing all the wildlife and especially the many lighthouses your Mom discovers. REminds her of her childhood days at the beach.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Oreo said...

That is a very pretty drive. Enjoy!!


Ruby said...

Oh gurl, we sure live in a beautiful place, don't we?! Ma has been takin' that drive since she was a wee lass! Back in the OLDEN DAYS, when gas was 47 cents a gallon, and 'vacations' consisted of 'driving' Northern California, this was our favorite drive. (well, until Ma's brudder tossed his cookies....every time...not pretty.) Monterey is still Ma's fav, and Carmel is to die for!
Wonderful pics!!
Ruby ♥

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Lovely :-) Someday will take the same drive. Hope your peeps are having a great time. Golden Woofs

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
OMD that is just out of this world beautiful!!! Can you believe this - only last night our BBC was broadcasting LIVE FROM MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM.. yes yes yes....and and andnnn........ apart from see otters and sea lions and humpback whales and sharks ..............they showed us a living breathing right by the boat BLUE WHALE!!! OMDness it was so very gorgeous.

Can you tell I was excited? Your mum's superb piccies just whetted my appetites even more... one day....[drifts off into reverie...] Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Sully said...

Love the photos but I really liked the lighthouse.

Aroo to you,

Murphy said...

Your mom got some great shots. Did you set the camera up for her? Did she promise a cookie to the sea otter?

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

KB Bear said...

The lighthouse photos are spectacular! A long time ago, we lived in that area. Big Sur never ceased to amaze me with its rugged beauty. You captured that beauty wonderfully!

Cole said...

I love all the trips you guys get to take! Your mom takes some amazing pictures!

Marty the Manx said...

*sigh* so gorgeous! Big Sur is one place I really want to visit. Thanks so much for sharing.
Marty's Mom

Sammy Sam said...

Very nice

Chef Sasha said...

Thank you for that very enjoyable journey. I felt like I was right there with you the whole time. It is really beautiful!!

Ziggy Out!!

Mitch and Molly said...

The California coastline is just gorgeous!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

The Army of Four said...

Oh, your mom's photos are over the TOP!!! So beautiful! Thank you so much for taking us with you!
Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Millie and Walter said...

Thanks for taking us along on this beautiful trip.