The best thing about vacationing in Pismo Beach is when you can get there without hitting a deer, or two, or three. Also the beach is awesome and I may have eaten my weight in crab legs; its seems plausible.
I live in the mountains, up a long winding highway that deer love to scamper across, and they do not stop for cars. I know, a week after I bought my brand new Subaru Baja a few years ago, yes, I killed Bambi. Although in all actuality Bambi did hit me, there was nothing I could do about the situation. It was a very foggy mountain morning, and I had just pulled over to let another car pass me (Turned out to be a coworker of mine, A.) I pulled back out onto the highway, and Bam! The deer hit the drivers side of my car. Oh yeah, it was dead. I got to work, and A. asked me if I had seen the deer, and I answered
The traffic through Los Angeles in the morning is pretty ridiculous so when we make the drive to Central California alot of times we take the back roads through the high desert. Every time we do this I am reminded just how much I hate the high desert, especially Palmdale. Imagine if you took Compton and all the gansters who live there and threw them into the middle of the desert and did not take away there meth. That’s what the high desert is like. Oh yeah, and its hot. I hate the heat.
Highway 138 leads from our pine covered mountains, winding past Crestline, crosses the 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass and goes straight through dusty Palmdale to the 14 freeway. Its about a two hour drive down the 138, the Pear Blossom Highway as its locally called. This is the deadliest highway in California. Probably because everyone drives 80 on it, trying desperately to escape from the desert, oh yeah and did I mention alot of the people in this area are driving on meth? Its not a good combination. Luckily we only passed one roll over accident on our trip through this dry and desolete wasteland.
|View of the beach from our private balcony|
? The high desert might be a miserable place, but when we go this way we can cut up through Fillmore and Ojai, and that part of the drive winds through farmland, mountains and vineyards. Its breathtaking. When we drove it this time the orange blossoms were in bloom, and that right there is just about the best smell in California. Driving this route as opposed to the Los Angeles way only adds about another hour to the drive. If you factor in the time waiting in stop and go Los Angeles rush hour traffic, its probably faster. We walked around downtown Ojai a little bit, but it was so hot! The end of March and it had to be close to 90 degrees out doors! We were ready to head towards the beach!
By the time we approached Pismo Beach it was almost four o clock. I was starving, I’d had nothing but a nutrition bar and coffee that morning. That’s when I devoured at least one pound of Alaskan Bairdi Crab legs at the Cracked Crab. The crab legs were very good, really sweet with great flavour, and very reasonably priced. The sourdough rolls that came with our dinner had absolute perfect sourdough flavour. I hardly ever eat white flour, but man were they worth it! I just wish their outdoor patio had been open for the season, it was such a beautiful evening!
After gorging myself on shellfish we drove the half mile to our hotel, waddled inside and checked into our little suite at the Seaventure Inn. I found a killer deal on Travelzoo. Luckily we were traveling during the off season (Even though it was 80 degrees at the beach!) so we got our suite, on the beach, with a Jacuzzi on our private patio for $149 a night! Plus we got tons of coupons for free wine tasting in Avila Beach and at a few local wineries (they even had a free shuttle to nearby Laetitia Winery) a free flight of wine at the hotel restaurant, and our room came with a free breakfast basket every morning delivered to our room! I can tell you now, that much wine could make a person want to start buying cases of wine online to make sure they have their stock up of their particular favorites! Such a good deal! I love this hotel, and can’t wait to stay there again! I just love having a hotel on the beach; I could sit out on our patio all day and read, or write or just stare at the ocean.
We took a very scenic detour driving back to Pismo Beach. We came back via highway 46, taking the highway across the rolling hills towards the ocean. It ends up in Cambria, way North of Pismo. We’ve been there a few times. I seem to recall being dragged into antique stores. In no mood for that today, we took a cutoff at Old Creek Road which cut through farmland, it was all 25 mile an hour curves as the road curved up and over the mountain passes. This drive was so so pretty. The green hills were sprinkled with cattle, oak trees shaded the lonely country road; if only Southern California could look like this! The road went past Whale Lake Reservoir, and after that we had a view of the ocean sparkling in the distance as we made the drive down the pass. The road dumped us out on highway one, just pass the beach hamlet of Cuyacos, Morro Rock sat in the distance just out of reach.
|The drive on Old Creek Road|
|Ryan and I at Pismo Beach|