The Best Laid Plans
Really, my day is already made. Anything else is low-cal icing on a fat-free cupcake! I’ve walked across the Golden Gate Bridge - celebrating every step of the way. I have already reached my 10,000 step goal for the day. I’m pumped and back on the road.
According to the route I’m following, it should take me about an hour and fifteen minutes or so to get to my first stop. I usually ride with the radio on. I’m either listening to music or the news. But I’m not in the mood to do that. I’m enjoying the scenes and sights - and I am appreciating sitting with my own thoughts. That’s a big deal for me. I have become aware that I find myself more comfortable with some type of background noise. Not now though. And it feels good.
As I’m driving and looking around I can see the ocean off in the distance. It’s amazing. Pretty soon I approach a mountain with a tunnel I have to drive through. It’s one of those tunnels you see on TV with one lane going one way and one lane going the other. Just before I enter, there’s a sign saying to turn on your headlights. It’s tight. It’s a little dark. But’s it’s cool! I’m going through a mountain!
Let me tell you how I screamed when I came out of that tunnel! Literally SCREAMED! I came out of the tunnel and the whole world seemed to open up. Blue skies, white clouds, mountains on my left and the most glorious view of the Pacific Ocean on my right. I’m so excited about all of this that I drive right past the entrance to the trail when you can park and explore. So I find a safe place to turn around. This isn’t easy because it’s a two-lane highway. I get back to the trail, park and explore. After doing a little more research I find that I’m at Devil’s Slide in Pacifica, California. It’s breathtaking!
As I get back into my convertible baby, I’m feeling so many levels of gratitude. I’m grateful for what I’m seeing, feeling and experiencing. And I am thankful for following my heart and mind. I’m already feeling like taking this trip is one of the best and healthiest decisions I have made in a long time. I’m happy that I got an early start on today’s drive as well. It will take a bit more than three hours to get to Monterey where I’ll be staying for the night. That’s three hours if I drive straight through without stopping. I know for sure that’s not going to happen. I have plenty of time.
I’m loving all of this! I finally get to Pescadero, the first official stop on my route. As the blogger whose route I’m following described it as a cute little town with an old west vibe. It’s cute, but the way I’m feeling about the ocean right now, I simply drive through town (which takes all of 5 minutes) and head back out to the Pacific Coast Highway. I drive for a bit before I stop at San Gregorio Lagoon and Beach. It wan’t listed as a stop on my route, but I’m really glad I took a minute to look around - and let the top down!
My next stop is Pigeon Point Lighthouse. There are a lot of tourists here and the parking is interesting. It takes me a little while to find a place where I feel I can park and not get stuck. It’s a little muddy and I’m parking on an incline in this little-low-to-the-ground baby. I don’t need any problems. Pigeon’s Point is beautiful though. You can’t go into the lighthouse itself but there are other areas to explore. All I want to do is be by the water. The sound of it…the movement. I’m just feeling connected to the entire Universe. I feel like I belong here.
Pigeon Point is beautiful but I’m getting tired. I’m torn though, because I know that there is weather in the forecast for tomorrow. I need to make the most of the day. I follow the rest of the route down the coast making a few more stops and now I’m approachingMonterey! There’s a place in Pebble Beach, just a little bit south of where I’m staying for the night, that I really want to visit. I know they close at sundown, so I need to head there now. I should be able to take some beautiful sunset photos. It’s called 17 Mile Drive and it’s supposed to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. I’m virtually dreaming about the photos I’ll take.
After a short ride, I arrive! As I pull into the entrance the attendant tells me that I’m too late to take the drive today. They closed at about 4:30 and it’s now about 5:15. Disappointment overload. The rain is coming tomorrow and I may not be able to do all that I wanted to do. I’m searching for ways to pacify myself. I drive to the hotel where I’m staying in Monterey. At least it’s beautiful. I check in, drop my bags, and decide that I really do deserve a great dinner. Plus that may help me shake some disappointment.
On the way back to the room from dinner, I go into MacGuyver mode. There’s no way I can leave some things checked off of the to do list for this trip. Once I’m settled in I start doing my research. The rain is supposed to begin about noon tomorrow. 17 Mile Drive opens at sunrise which is about 7:20 AM. Got it! If I get up and out early - by about 8:30ish, I can do the 17 Mile Drive and get to the Bixby Bridge then be on the road back to San Francisco before the rain starts. I need to be checked in and settled in San Francisco by anout 3 or 4 PM. I can do that! My excitement is back but in time for me go go to sleep.
Tomorrow, it’s on!