Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Travel: Pacific Coast Highway Weekend Road Trip - Central California Coast - Day 1 (Pismo Beach)

Big Creek Bridge And Coast - Big Sur, California
Captured using a Nokia Lumia 1020.
This last weekend my family and I loaded up the car and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway along California's beautiful central coast. Highway 1 is considered one of those drives that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Since we'd never done it before, we thought that this spring was a good opportunity to take the adventure and discover the grand nature found in this part of the state.

The plan was to arrive at Pismo Beach on Saturday evening, stay the night in Santa Maria (hotels were a bit cheaper there), drive up Highway 1 all day Sunday, stay the night in Monterey, and head home Monday. We had plenty on the agenda, but also wanted to keep the trip relaxed.

I brought along four cameras: a Sigma DP2 Merrill, a Samsung NX200 with a 50-200mm lens attached, a Minolta XG-1 with a 50mm lens and some Fuji Velvia 50 film, and a Nokia Lumia 1020. I exposed a little over 600 frames on the trip, with 50% on the Sigma camera, 48% on the Samsung camera, 2% on the Nokia camera, and I did not end up using the Minolta camera even once. I also brought a tripod with me, but left it in the car the entire trip.

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach View - Pismo Beach, California
Captured using a Sigma DP2 Merrill.
Dinosaur Ride - Pismo Beach, California
Captured using a Sigma DP2 Merrill.
Boy At The Dinosaur Caves Park - Pismo Beach, California
Captured using a Sigma DP2 Merrill.
Pismo Cliffs - Pismo Beach, California
Captured using a Sigma DP2 Merrill. A post was used as a monopod.
We arrived in Pismo Beach in the late afternoon. The sky was cloudy and the temperature cool. It was beautiful and refreshing, especially after the long car ride to get there. 

We had been to Pismo Beach once before, and discovered an often overlooked gem: Dinosaur Caves Park. There is plenty of grass for the kids to run, concrete dinosaurs and sea creatures for them to climb on, and great vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the rocky coastline.

We spent over an hour at the park until the sun went down. It was a great way to begin our costal tour. We then headed south to Santa Maria to eat and sleep.