California Adventure: Highway 1 Pescadero to Big Sur

The drive: This drive follows California Highway 1 and twists along the spectacular Big Sur Coast between Carmel and Morro Bay along central California’s Pacific shoreline. The road is simply one of the world’s most breathtaking drives, a must-do adventure for any California traveler. Here, the steep ridges of the remote Santa Lucia Range plunge down to a rocky, wave-battered coast, making an abrupt transition from wild peak to wild ocean. The roadway follows this transition zone, snaking along precipitous headlands, crossing grassy meadows above ragged coves, and traversing thirty-three bridges that span deep canyons and gorges. It’s a superb landscape that serves as a fitting boundary between North America and the Pacific Ocean.

While 97.9 miles in texas translates into a little over an hours drive, on Highway one it turns into a day long joy ride. That’s the distance we  cover today as we make our way south along highway 1 from Pigeon Point lighthouse to Big Sur. Only 20 miles passed before we pulled in at the Swanson Berry Farm. As soon as we entered  through the brightly painted red screen door we knew we were in for a treat. Our mouths watered as we caught site of the beautiful strawberries, fresh baked scones and other treats. Opting to wait for some fresh baked blackberry pies coming out of the oven gave us time to explore. Most interesting was their unmanned cash register with coins and bills laying out for customers to make their own change! After enjoying the blackberry pie we took a scone for the road to enjoy later.

 So as to reach our destination of Big Sur at a reasonable hour we chose to bypass Monterrey and go directly to Carmel By The Sea. Carmel is know for its houses with architecture that look to be from the pages of a storybook. We strolled the streets noting the numerous Art galleries and interesting shops. Our favorite was the West Gallery where we enjoyed the Ansel Adams room the most. After a delicious lunch at La Bicycletto we continued on towards Big Sur.

Carmel By The Sea.. you can walk down main street and right onto the beach

Celebrese Pizza

Heirloom Apple Salad

For the car enthusiasts! 
The stretch of road from Camel to big Sur is a car enthusiast dream. With it’s never ending curves and undulating roads it’s not for the faint of heart. Fortunately Carissa shares my passion for enthusiastic driving so while she manned the iPod with the skill of a DJ, I put the Camaro’s 305hp V6 through its paces utilizing the paddle shifters and HUD (heads up display) to their best advantage. To put it plainly, we had a blast!

The drive’s next thirty miles clings to the seaward face of the Santa Lucias above the crash of the Pacific surf. The road is narrow with numerous pullouts. The first stop is 2,800-acre Garrapata State Park along the coast just north of Soberanes Point. This day-use park land, named by the Spanish for the lowly wood tick, boasts gleaming white beaches flanked by granite buttresses, arches, and grottos. Some good trails lace the bluffs above the water and the coves offer fishing for greenling and surf perch. A good trail climbs east from the highway 1.5 miles up Soberanes Creek to a verdant grove of redwoods nestled in the chaparral-covered hills.

Carissa feigning to resist the constant paparazzi as she attempts a stroll on the beach…. 😀

The highway twists south from Garrapata past Kaiser and Rocky points to the Bixby Creek Bridge, a dramatic concrete span that arches over Bixby Creek’s deep gorge. The famed bridge measures 718 feet long and 260 feet high and consumed some 6,600 cubic yards of concrete poured into forms supported by 300,000 board feet of Douglas fir. The bridge, also called Rainbow Bridge, was completed in 1932. The highway itself was finished in 1937, hacked out of the remote coast by convict labor who battled violent weather and tough engineering problems for nine years. The road cost more than $10 million or $71,000 per mile.
 Within minutes of our destination in Big Sur, I will end this post but I am anxious  to share about Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn and the waterfall at julia pfeiffer burns state park in my next post.
  • Bob Kramer
    Posted at 18:36h, 10 May Reply

    What awesome pictures! What memories with your beautiful daughter! You are really stirring up our CA yearnings!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 10:09h, 11 May Reply

      Thanks for taking time to comment. I understand the sentiment as completing this post makes me want to go back as well. 🙂

      Posted at 20:23h, 18 May Reply

      Yes…these are great!

    • lettersoftheunread
      Posted at 15:16h, 20 May Reply

      great pics!!! what camera did you use for it?
      Can’t wait till I graduate, I’m going on one long journey after that. Follow me if you wish! I’m new.

      • Ronnie Mosley
        Posted at 22:56h, 20 May Reply

        Thanks for your comments. I shoot with a Canon 5D MarkII and I love it. My favorite lense is the 2.8 70-200mm.

  • David Hain
    Posted at 09:37h, 13 May Reply

    Nice camera work!

  • Julie Johnson
    Posted at 00:14h, 16 May Reply

    Awesome pictures Ronnie! You truly have a gift in photography. 🙂

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 08:42h, 16 May Reply

      Thanks! I apreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

  • Earl B Russell
    Posted at 16:59h, 18 May Reply

    I did this drive about a decade ago and it’s still vivid in my mind. Thanks for reminding me of that fabulous trip with your compelling words and photos. Well done!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 01:47h, 19 May Reply

      Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  • Sarah D.
    Posted at 17:08h, 18 May Reply

    I was there when I was thirteen, which means . . . um, let’s see, can I count that high? A long time ago. I loved it then, and this makes me want to go back. Beautiful!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 01:47h, 19 May Reply

      It never ceases to amaze, thanks for the comment!

  • 1stpeaksteve
    Posted at 17:09h, 18 May Reply

    I like that you covered a wide variety of subject matter…the coast, the town, and the food. You delivered a sense of being there!

  • redcactus
    Posted at 17:14h, 18 May Reply

    I did it last year… and I would do it again this summer! It’s just endlessly fascinating 🙂 Great pics!

  • ohiocook
    Posted at 17:18h, 18 May Reply

    Fantastic photos!!!

  • rollingfreedom
    Posted at 17:34h, 18 May Reply

    I just made that drive too with my son in tow. Unfortunately he was not quite the sport as he just wanted to get to the SF area. It was so beautiful..especially this time of year with the flowers in full bloom. Thanks for all the lovely pictures of the scenic route I didn’t have enough time to enjoy.

  • justalittlebrit
    Posted at 17:52h, 18 May Reply

    I too love this drive. I once went from San Francisco to Oregon all along the coast. Although most would think it’s a long drive, the breathtaking views made me want more. It’s incredible and these photos do it justice! Awesome shots and music choice 🙂

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 01:54h, 19 May Reply

      Nice, thanks for taking the time to comment, and yes, the music was great for that ride! 🙂

  • dinkerson
    Posted at 18:23h, 18 May Reply

    Beautiful car, beautiful scenery,… oh and beautiful girl 😉

    Great shots here my friend. In fact, you’ve inspired me. I’m taking this trip. Lol, I really am. 🙂

  • dreamer9311
    Posted at 18:28h, 18 May Reply

    Love! your photography I’m a beginning photographer myself (emphasis on beginner!) and soon I am taking a road trip to MO from NC your photos inspired me! Thank you i’ve been looking for inspiration for my photos its just so hard to start sometimes.

  • Heather C.J. Atkins
    Posted at 19:06h, 18 May Reply

    I love this drive! Have done it a million times. Your pictures are making me want to take yet another trip up the coast… 🙂

  • Juan
    Posted at 19:17h, 18 May Reply

    I’ve never been to California but I’m looking forward to taking this drive in the near future. Great pictures!!!

  • hennacornoelidays
    Posted at 19:38h, 18 May Reply

    Awesome post. We are headed that way this summer but were probably not going to hit that stretch of the coast. Now I think we might.

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 01:58h, 19 May Reply

      Don’t miss it, you want regret it!

      • hennacornoelidays
        Posted at 13:40h, 19 May Reply

        Our new plan would be to take a small road west to Lopez Point then go north (before we would have driven to Santa Cruz and then gone north). We have driven San Fran to Neah Bay, WA as well as LA to Santa Barbara. I was very surprised at how empty the northern CA coast is and how built up it is in Oregon (I thought it would be opposite). Would be honored if you checked out our site.

  • A Drop of Jewel
    Posted at 19:41h, 18 May Reply

    Beautiful pictures…not a Cali native but I live here now. Makes me want to venture out to catch these views.

  • leahgraceobrien
    Posted at 19:56h, 18 May Reply

    These photographs are bright, clear, and lovely. I adore that drive…it is one of the most scenic in the country.

  • Tim Shey
    Posted at 20:11h, 18 May Reply

    Nice photos. I have driven up Highway 1 a few times and I have hitchhiked Highway 1. I once stayed for three nights at this Camaldolese Hermitage near Lucia back in 1983:

    “New Camaldoli”

  • evasantiago310
    Posted at 20:30h, 18 May Reply

    I love your pics if Cali and I wish I could live there.

  • cravesadventure
    Posted at 20:58h, 18 May Reply

    Loving your post – beautiful photos – thanks for sharing! Congrats on being FP!

  • sursaxeng
    Posted at 21:08h, 18 May Reply

    Hi breathtaking stretch and beautiful pictures. Did you miss the McWay falls and the Julia Pfeiffer Beach en route. I did those last week Big Sur to Pigeon Point. (

  • Eagle-Eyed Editor
    Posted at 21:11h, 18 May Reply

    Great images and great food. I’m doing some California Dreamin’ right now. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  • lipstickandplaydates
    Posted at 21:19h, 18 May Reply

    Man, do those photos get me California Dreaming.

  • the blogging disciple
    Posted at 21:21h, 18 May Reply

    Great camera work. Engaging write up.
    It appears all three of you enjoyed the day, heh heh.
    I clicked the “like” button, only because I couldn’t find the “really like” button. 😉

  • William Strong
    Posted at 21:30h, 18 May Reply

    Fist of all, your car is sexy! haha. Camaro’s are one of my top favorite cars. And second, this must have been such an awesome adventure. I’ve always wanted to see the pacific coast highway in california, and this post makes me want to drive it even more. Very cool!

  • roniel
    Posted at 22:12h, 18 May Reply

    really cool photos! i love it! i wish i could get a chance to drive to there too!!
    btw, nice car too!

  • xxiamkristinxx
    Posted at 22:19h, 18 May Reply

    Seems like you guys had a blast. I love your header! So pretty. The car is pretty bad ass too!

  • Daniel
    Posted at 22:50h, 18 May Reply

    Beautifully done.

  • fitness
    Posted at 23:09h, 18 May Reply

    the picture is really cool!!

  • fitness
    Posted at 23:13h, 18 May Reply

    i want to visit there someday

  • ฟิตเนส
    Posted at 23:18h, 18 May Reply

    i wish i could get a chance to go to there too!!

  • Ania A.
    Posted at 23:31h, 18 May Reply

    I drove that way to San Francisco! I love it! It is so incredible beautiful!

  • amoonfull
    Posted at 00:13h, 19 May Reply

    wow those photos are indeed breathtaking! I so wanna be there! awesome post!!

  • Janice MacLeod
    Posted at 00:41h, 19 May Reply

    Big Sur. It’s not God’s country. It’s where God goes on vacation. So good.

  • Tim Worden
    Posted at 00:55h, 19 May Reply

    Great pictures! I love the Big Sur area!

  • crimsondaisy
    Posted at 01:30h, 19 May Reply


  • Joe Labriola
    Posted at 02:05h, 19 May Reply

    Cali beaches = vacation = paradise.

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    Posted at 02:58h, 19 May Reply

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    Posted at 02:58h, 19 May Reply

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  • gordonmichaelsutton
    Posted at 03:03h, 19 May Reply

    Amazing. Sighs wistfully.

  • Shay M
    Posted at 03:20h, 19 May Reply

    Yeah, I like this. It’s cool

  • thomlucci
    Posted at 03:30h, 19 May Reply

    I spent 11 years living in California and returned to Texas only when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I am unable to return to the Golden State, but it was my favorite place to live. I have so many warm, nostalgic memories, including the several times I made the drive from LA to SF on PCH. I have many photos here taken on my trips, as well. I enjoyed this post. I envy you. I wish I could again drive Highway One. Maybe someday.

  • travtrails
    Posted at 04:54h, 19 May Reply

    Awesome…did the same drive 4 yrs back and the scenes are still fresh

  • amazingved
    Posted at 05:45h, 19 May Reply

    beautiful shots, cool car 🙂

  • ronandcate
    Posted at 05:53h, 19 May Reply

    Nice car. Wish we had cars like that in the UK. Great photos to.

  • Dreamz infra
    Posted at 05:53h, 19 May Reply

    superb pics..

  • richardlldavies
    Posted at 06:57h, 19 May Reply

    I cycled this and it is a stunning piece of road some great photos.

  • abichica
    Posted at 07:12h, 19 May Reply

    First thing i have to say, your car is the most awesome machine i have ever laid my eyes on!!! wooww!! and your pictures are really amazing!!! 😀 thanks for sharing with us..

  • zoetic * epics
    Posted at 07:39h, 19 May Reply

    GREAT PHOTOS! Wonderfully captured moments! I also love to “document” my journeys through snapshots! 🙂

  • deviana
    Posted at 08:15h, 19 May Reply

    great car on the beautiful place, awesome

  • olemike
    Posted at 08:23h, 19 May Reply

    Nice post – great pictures.

  • fantasticdealsblog
    Posted at 09:21h, 19 May Reply

    looks realy nice

  • Paulina Czarnecki
    Posted at 09:45h, 19 May Reply

    Awesome pictures!

  • makestock
    Posted at 10:04h, 19 May Reply

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  • andy1076
    Posted at 10:09h, 19 May Reply

    Love the incredible photos, what a trip 🙂

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    Posted at 10:31h, 19 May Reply

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    Posted at 10:32h, 19 May Reply

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    Posted at 10:33h, 19 May Reply

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  • on thehomefrontandbeyond
    Posted at 10:41h, 19 May Reply

    beautifully rendered in both words and pics–love the honour system at the pie store!

  • pinceladasdeunamicroviajera
    Posted at 10:53h, 19 May Reply

    Very nice photos, amazing landscape!

  • Mike Peterson
    Posted at 10:59h, 19 May Reply

    I feel guilty for being more excited by the heads up display than the beautiful California coast. Great car, great road!

  • 5th Grade Teacher
    Posted at 10:59h, 19 May Reply

    This is the quintessential American road trip. Nice job capturing the details.

  • Lindsey Battles
    Posted at 11:34h, 19 May Reply

    If you love cars you need to do this trip during car week in Monterey. Usually you will see exotics (Ferrari, Bugatti, etc.) and really nice classics. Also, a great place to grab a bite to eat in Big Sur is at Nepenthe. Not only is the food amazing but the view is spectacular.

  • restlessjo
    Posted at 12:00h, 19 May Reply

    Trip of a lifetime told in pictures- wonderful. It’s one of those iconic road trips that never disappoints.

  • ytips
    Posted at 12:05h, 19 May Reply

    Generally I don’t read article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice post.

  • d_vaz
    Posted at 12:12h, 19 May Reply

    Beautiful photos! The food ones made me hungry, now I want pie.

  • kandjcoloradoliving
    Posted at 12:24h, 19 May Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I haven’t been on that stretch of California. Big Sur is top of our vacation list next year! Thanks for sharing your pictures and memories!

  • Zim Ibañez
    Posted at 12:28h, 19 May Reply

    Amazing photos and scenery! I wish I could do something like that soon, a road trip for the ages! 🙂

  • indigofletcher
    Posted at 12:31h, 19 May Reply

    Wow this looks like such an amazing trip! Beautiful photography as well! Congrats on being freshly pressed! 🙂

  • Cultural Life
    Posted at 12:56h, 19 May Reply

    There are so many beautiful places in the world….thanks for sharing this one with me. 🙂

  • Alexa
    Posted at 13:02h, 19 May Reply

    Your photos are GORGEOUS!!! I just was on the coast by Bodega Bay… are you making your way up North? One day I want to drive the whole highway!
    Here’s my post:

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 23:11h, 20 May Reply

      I have been north and south. Did Bodega last year, very beautiful! Loved your post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Texanne
    Posted at 13:04h, 19 May Reply

    Many of my memories of CA are not great–I lived in Los Angeles–but this piece of the earth’s crust, this coastline, must have sprung straight from God’s imagination. Just so beautiful and so embracing–it makes you feel as if you never want to leave. I made the trip from LA to Monterey many times, and my favorite place is Big Sur. Thanks immensely for the photos. Nice car–and lovely daughter!

  • Charron's Chatter
    Posted at 13:13h, 19 May Reply

    Road trip time! Gorgeous photography. (and I’m a Cally gal, so double wow!)

  • suesilver
    Posted at 13:42h, 19 May Reply

    I have been on this beautiful drive many many years ago. What a coastline! What a trip. Thank you for your beautiful photographs and great writing! Love your Camaro too!!

  • nordicnoir
    Posted at 15:04h, 19 May Reply

    I’m making this drive this summer…I grew up in California but my memories are all fuzzy. I’m sending the link to my husband, so he can begin to imagine what it will be like. Thanks for the photos!

  • Tina McFadden
    Posted at 15:19h, 19 May Reply

    Beautiful photos! I miss the coast!

  • Fun Y u think adventure
    Posted at 15:41h, 19 May Reply

    Wow, not sure which I like better – the scene or the car…. I enjoyed your post very much. It makes even more desperate for my summer vacation. I have a whole 5 weeks off and I have been saving just to have an adventure. I what to do so much, not sure if I can afford everything I want to do?

  • Molly Media Studios
    Posted at 16:25h, 19 May Reply

    What beautiful, touching, but curious photos! Wow — what a feast for a photographer’s eye. I loved, especially, the pics in the car with your partner’s hair blowing all over the place. So carefree and joyous. Really made my day!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 23:08h, 20 May Reply

      Thanks very much, I am glad you enjoyed it. It was great fun!

      • Molly Media Studios
        Posted at 04:28h, 25 November Reply

        Yes, I really loved that post. And when I finally realized that you had replied to my comment so long ago (don’t know how it happened, but I had no idea that you had replied; slipped my radar), it was time to press that “Follow” button!

        Looking forward to learning more about you and getting lost in your amazing photos!

        Keep up the great work!


  • Richard McCargar
    Posted at 16:34h, 19 May Reply

    Wonderful post, and congrats on your selection in freshly pressed.

  • Johny
    Posted at 16:46h, 19 May Reply

    Waooo 😀 superb shots.. I love them.. Waiting for more.. I really enjoyed this your website!

  • Liberty Press
    Posted at 19:17h, 19 May Reply

    Awesome pics! The PCH is beautiful! As a CA resident I don’t drive on it nearly enough.

  • Arjay Irony
    Posted at 19:38h, 19 May Reply

    Wonderful! Glad to see the Route 1 coast hasn’t changed much in the last 10 Years. This could only happen in CA.

  • The Retiring Sort
    Posted at 22:38h, 19 May Reply

    This takes me back to the 70’s when we lived there! Great post – congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  • wardenfree
    Posted at 23:28h, 19 May Reply

    Awesome pics!
    It really impress me!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  • archer
    Posted at 00:06h, 20 May Reply

    awesome car!!

  • Renée Starr
    Posted at 00:09h, 20 May Reply

    I can hear the road calling now…of all my drives, I love the California coastal ones the best…bravo on your freshly pressed adventure!

  • mllowe
    Posted at 01:24h, 20 May Reply

    Love your pics, and coming from California they evoke lots of beautiful memories and sceneries. If you love the CA coast, I would recommend driving also to the Oregon Coast. It is quite pretty and has its own character. You can either start South, at Crescent City up to Astoria on the North or vice versa. It is also an awesome drive. Great photography.

  • Randy Gillespie
    Posted at 02:30h, 20 May Reply


  • Dreamz Infra
    Posted at 02:48h, 20 May Reply

    Unforgettable moments… superb pic’s like it very much..

  • cnpkeythai
    Posted at 02:58h, 20 May Reply

    What a picture’s !!!!!!!! Mind blowing . I wish I could be there !!!!!! Nice post

  • itsarooslife
    Posted at 07:18h, 20 May Reply

    I am British but spent a couple of summers working a summer camp around this area and the photos brought back some great memories. Nice work.

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 23:06h, 20 May Reply

      I’m very glad, thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • lijiujiu
    Posted at 07:20h, 20 May Reply

    Beautiful pics…..
    I can’t get over the amazing colours in your photographs! Thanks for sharing.

  • Deborah
    Posted at 07:20h, 20 May Reply

    Congratulations, my friend, on the Freshly Pressed highlight of your blog…well-deserved. Beautiful photography!

  • amberdevon
    Posted at 07:24h, 20 May Reply

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and I also enjoyed the the pictures you posted, they are very beautiful! I hope that I can take a road trip like this in the near future. Very enjoyable story.

  • mayur hulsar
    Posted at 08:02h, 20 May Reply

    nice images…. though my interest is taken by car’s HUD(head up display)… does that really work? We still do not have anything like that here… 😀

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 23:05h, 20 May Reply

      Yep! I liked it a lot, informative and great fun.

  • thelinensash
    Posted at 08:36h, 20 May Reply

    Oh the guilt you have induced. Living in the Central Valley I have of course spent countless days wandering the Central California Coast. But the guilt…comes from not ever driving over that bridge on the way to Big Sur. The worst? My family purchased a vacation home in Pebble Beach about four years ago…and I still haven’t made that drive. Thanks for the beautiful reminder, I need to get drivin’.

  • The Wandering Gourmand
    Posted at 09:03h, 20 May Reply

    I did this drive a s kid with my parents. Your post brought back such good memories. There is freedom to open road travel like this.

  • vivilinh
    Posted at 09:19h, 20 May Reply

    so beautiful!

  • Alyssa
    Posted at 09:24h, 20 May Reply

    Awesome photos, very charming! Saw this post on freshly pressed, by the way. Congrats! 🙂

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  • asoulwalker
    Posted at 09:25h, 20 May Reply

    Those hand pies look amazing.

  • twilightsteffie
    Posted at 09:39h, 20 May Reply

    Awesome pictures!!!! I will fly to Cali in three weeks for a road trip! Can’t wait! 🙂

  • Kathy
    Posted at 10:26h, 20 May Reply

    Nice car, nice panoramas, nice hobby, nice shades, nice life. I guess you’re a lucky girl!

  • meenopolis
    Posted at 11:42h, 20 May Reply

    I travelled on highway 1 last year and it was amazing ! Your photos are great!

  • moodybluebird
    Posted at 12:14h, 20 May Reply

    Truly beautiful & stunning photos. The trip sounds amazing 🙂 ooooo and I ♥ the car.

  • Chad
    Posted at 12:19h, 20 May Reply

    Great photos, I’ve taken this drive a few times and it always amazes me with it’s beauty. It builds great memories and I remember these trips as a little kid with my parents. Thank you for bringing the memories back with your post.

  • Kristy
    Posted at 12:35h, 20 May Reply

    Breathtaking photos, I love driving and just enjoying what it is found along the way. I’ve driven a portion of that coastal highway and it is heavenly. There’s an amazing place to eat called Nepenthe in Big Sur CA… man alive, I feel a trip coming on… Thank You!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 23:01h, 20 May Reply

      Thanks! Stopped at Nepenthe and you are right, it’s great, gorgeous view!

  • djvars
    Posted at 12:57h, 20 May Reply

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  • hannahkathryndeyoung
    Posted at 13:59h, 20 May Reply

    I love that drive! Beautiful photography.

  • denes
    Posted at 14:09h, 20 May Reply

    very nice

  • discoverapple
    Posted at 14:23h, 20 May Reply

    Wow)) very nice)

  • Ground Perceptions
    Posted at 15:00h, 20 May Reply

    Really good post! Where’s the Swanson Barry Farm? Looks amazing!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 22:55h, 20 May Reply

      Thanks, just about 15 miles south of Pescadero on hwy1, great fun there. 🙂

  • Sam
    Posted at 15:16h, 20 May Reply

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  • Author, G. D. Grace
    Posted at 15:20h, 20 May Reply

    Now, you’re inspiring me to take that drive up Highway 1…

  • fullmelt
    Posted at 15:34h, 20 May Reply

    Awesome. Big Sur is a marvelous place full of wonder. I hope to visit there one day.

  • Milán International School Scholars ("MISS"), Weekend Language Immersion School for Girls
    Posted at 16:18h, 20 May Reply

    I love everything about these photos . . . . but especially. . . the black and white photo of your friend, the photo in the restaurant, the pizza (how hungry I am!), and of course the coast! BEAUTIFUL!

  • meganyarnall
    Posted at 16:46h, 20 May Reply

    I’m moving to CA in just a few weeks – I will have to do this drive. Beautiful. Gorgeous photos!!

  • nazarioartpainting
    Posted at 17:03h, 20 May Reply

    I love your photos very colorful.

  • Kimbernator
    Posted at 19:01h, 20 May Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Your greens and blues just pop!!

  • diaryofamadcrafter
    Posted at 20:15h, 20 May Reply

    WOW! Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to move to California even more so!!! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed!! 🙂

  • eatsowncum
    Posted at 20:24h, 20 May Reply

    Cool camaro

  • punampal
    Posted at 21:52h, 20 May Reply

    Congratulations for being Freshly Pressed! Great pictures which are coupled with great description.. I enjoyed reading through your trip!

  • Texas Rambler
    Posted at 22:02h, 20 May Reply

    Wow… Great post and pictures! My wife and I want to do that on the motorcycle. We have been talking about doing it for sometime now. This has inspired us even more… Thanks again…

  • hodgepodge4thesoul
    Posted at 22:11h, 20 May Reply

    beautiful-I love my state! 🙂

  • juststartwithmonday
    Posted at 23:01h, 20 May Reply

    Beautiful pictures….makes me want to head in that direction for the experience

  • aknightblog
    Posted at 00:03h, 21 May Reply

    My husband and I recently returned from a quick trip to the California coast. We went from the Bodega Bay area down into San Francisco. Looking at your pictures has me wanting to plan another trip, this time from San Francisco on down to the Monterey area. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  • Scott
    Posted at 01:54h, 21 May Reply

    I visited Big Sur in 1985–it’s wonderful to see it again through your lens!

    On a side note: There is an obscure, yet excellent film that was made there. It is entitled, “Incubus”, and it stars William Shatner. It is the only film “shot entirely in the artificial language of Esperanto,” though it employs English subtitles of course. I highly recommend it.

  • Jonathan Vernon
    Posted at 01:59h, 21 May Reply

    I can see how I’d like to spend next summer.

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    Posted at 02:49h, 21 May Reply

    Wow….excellent pics…..

  • francis colon (@fraconyl)
    Posted at 03:23h, 21 May Reply

    great pics

  • solfasila
    Posted at 05:06h, 21 May Reply

    Wow awesome! It’s on our vacation list.

  • Itz me Harman
    Posted at 07:03h, 21 May Reply

    Nice Collection…..I miss it…

  • Kai
    Posted at 09:12h, 21 May Reply

    Really nice shots!

  • John Saddington
    Posted at 09:21h, 21 May Reply

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  • DazLoczy
    Posted at 09:21h, 21 May Reply

    If luck pans out I’ll be cruising the Highway 1 on a bunch of assorted motorcycles next year. Can’t wait!

  • davemotion
    Posted at 09:33h, 21 May Reply

    If I was to go on a road trip it would be on the coastal road with a Camaro convertible…

  • aFrankAngle
    Posted at 09:43h, 21 May Reply

    For someone in Ohio, traveling that road is wonderful!

  • the usual bliss
    Posted at 10:22h, 21 May Reply

    Lovely photos. That stretch of road is incredible. We towed our 1966 Serro Scotty trailer up the coast last summer- unfortunately, it was cloudy that day! My pics of the Bixby Bridge are shrouded. Lunch in Carmel was amazing though! Thanks for writing- congrats on being freshly pressed!

  • Lotto Results
    Posted at 11:29h, 21 May Reply

    Brilliant pictures. Waiting for the proper summer to do a tour like this. Could even be better if I win the any of the lotteries this week.

  • tvo314
    Posted at 11:30h, 21 May Reply

    Such an amazing place. Absolutely one of the most stunning places on Earth. And that road’s a blast. You captured it well.

  • jamieryantroutman
    Posted at 11:35h, 21 May Reply

    I hitch-hiked up the 1 a few months ago. My buddy Matt and I actually walked from Santa Cruz to that Jam tasting place where we met some guy who gave us a ride to San Francisco. It was probably the best Jam I’ve ever had. I wish I had a good camera at the time though, because your pictures are really great.

  • Rockwood8
    Posted at 11:45h, 21 May Reply

    Nice views, great car.

  • Michele LMS
    Posted at 12:37h, 21 May Reply

    You are right, this is one of the world’s most breathtaking drives! . . . Your photos and story line are fabulous! A well deserved “Freshly Pressed” post!

  • camc1105
    Posted at 13:01h, 21 May Reply

    You have some beautiful pictures on here! I’m excited to see more. Keep up the great work.

  • Kansas Love Bird
    Posted at 15:16h, 21 May Reply

    I love that drive. Wish I could do it again. 🙂

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 01:10h, 25 May Reply

      It never gets old! Weather, time of year, so many changing variables keep that beautiful drive fresh!

  • the French Coast
    Posted at 16:02h, 21 May Reply

    These are beautiful pictures… makes me miss Cali!

  • wakeyup
    Posted at 17:17h, 21 May Reply

    The 1 is a beautiful drive, if you get a chance keep going north up the 101 past San Francisco into the Redwood forest. It’s a whole nother kind of amazing.

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  • triptracker
    Posted at 20:40h, 21 May Reply

    this is one of my destinations that is a must for us. each year i say i am going to plan the trip and we always fall a state short of making it there. soon though. fantastic photos!

  • mustbarki
    Posted at 22:23h, 21 May Reply

    Reblogged this on mustbarki and commented:
    Coastal traveler

  • aishaloveslife
    Posted at 23:19h, 21 May Reply

    WOW! Really real pictures. You are really making me want to go back to Cali!!

  • Mormon Soprano
    Posted at 02:27h, 22 May Reply

    Really beautiful photos – thanks for taking us on your road trip!
    Congrats on being F-P.

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 16:10h, 22 May Reply

      Good to have you along, your always welcome to ride along and thanks!

  • lauracgardner
    Posted at 03:07h, 22 May Reply

    Beautiful pics. Makes me ache for Cali.

  • superphoenix
    Posted at 09:22h, 22 May Reply

    Beautiful pics. 🙂

  • cochrancj
    Posted at 09:56h, 22 May Reply

    Those are some beautiful shots. Good post processing, too. Congrats on the Fresh Press!

  • John Castro
    Posted at 10:04h, 22 May Reply

    Great Post and I really enjoyed the photos . This is something I always wanted to do. Thanks for inviting us along your ride.

    Also really awesome car! I am wondering if drives as good as it looks.

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 16:07h, 22 May Reply

      The looks are a tough act to follow but yes, it drives great. It’s strong points are the v6 engine and paddle shifters. Thanks for tagging along on the trip, always welcome 🙂

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    Posted at 11:03h, 22 May Reply

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  • DT
    Posted at 11:15h, 22 May Reply

    Awesome. Thanks for taking me along that road again.
    I drove it with my sweetheart back in 1985. Camped on one of the beaches (arizona beach maybe??) lay by the fire, listening to the surf and taking in the millions of stars.
    I did a music mix to reflect the spirit of the American road.

  • Sharlea
    Posted at 11:25h, 22 May Reply

    I was at a store with an honor ‘jug’ the other day. I loved it. And, honored it.

  • C.D.
    Posted at 09:52h, 23 May Reply

    Amazing shots!! Thank you for sharing,
    Artphalt (

  • tom
    Posted at 22:00h, 24 May Reply

    Nicely done. Makes me homesick and I live here!

    • Ronnie Mosley
      Posted at 01:04h, 25 May Reply

      Imagine what it’s like living in Texas.. :-/
      Thanks for the comment.

  • solar12345
    Posted at 14:49h, 25 May Reply

    Awesome Pics , ….Nice

  • Natasha Kumar
    Posted at 15:04h, 25 May Reply

    I used to travel down the PCH often when I lived in California. Once, I was in the middle of that long curvaceous stretch after Monterey and I was fighting against time, trying to get to San Luis Obispo. The PCH closes at 8pm, there are no lights, so once it gets dark, there is a slight probability you might mistakenly drive over the edge. 🙂

  • ligh4043
    Posted at 15:27h, 25 May Reply

    Hm, I was glad I was able to escape from work today and onto your adventure, and really quality pictures, you have a good eye from what I can tell.

  • juststartwithmonday
    Posted at 18:36h, 25 May Reply

    I’ve always wanted to take this drive and your pictures make it even more inviting! Thank you for sharing.

  • Duas
    Posted at 14:50h, 26 May Reply

    Wow, this just looks so beautiful. I just wished i would be there right now. now now. 🙂 Great pictures ianandmargaretcoles.

  • Car Broker Brisbane
    Posted at 06:14h, 07 September Reply

    I remembered when I did this a long time ago. You really have some good pictures there.

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