Chasing the sun down Highway 1, up and down the rock cliffs, we floated among the clouds. The California coastline is a classic. Nothing but ocean as far as you can see, green rolling hills and million dollar properties line the steep views. We jetted out of San Francisco, headed down past Monterey and stopped off at a produce stand to pick up fresh avocados mixed in with every possible citrus available. We pulled off at lookouts and watched the sea lions spend a lazy evening at the beach. We made it to our stop for the night right after sunset.
The next day we dropped down into Santa Barbara, met a friend and walked along Arruro Burro Beach County Park. We could have stayed at the coast indefinitely, adopting the California culture; sunshine, flips flops and lazy days on the beach. But we had another destination to reach – Joshua National Park, a true desert wonderland, so we sped on.