Driving up the California Coast

By Jeff Insel

We recently spent a couple days driving up Highway 1 on the California coast enroute to the Bay Area for a wedding. We stayed in Port Hueneme for a night and visited the beach and pier there. This is just southwest of Oxnard.

Royal Terns
Three Pelicans

The next day we meandered up the coast to Pismo Beach, a bit larger community than Port Hueneme and a popular resort town. It was very windy on the beach and they have a huge Pismo Beach sign in the square by the pier that changes colors at night and everyone wants their photo by it. At night I took the opportunity to capture photos of some of the signs downtown.

Pismo Beach
Harry’s and Pismo
Sunburst Pier
Fat Cat’s
Sea Lions
Fishing Boats Avila Bay

The following morning we decided to check our Avila Beach and the Port of San Luis. Turns out there’s a wonderful cafe – Fat Cat’s and we enjoyed a great breakfast before walking on the pier. The marine layer (fog) was still present over the bay.

We then stopped in Morro Bay, it was still foggy but we enjoyed watching some Sea Otters, some with pups on their chests, resting in the boat harbor. I got a fog shrouded photo of the Morro Rock.

Sea Otter in Prayer
Sea Otter Pup Prayers
Morro Rock

It’s a slow drive up much of the coast with the windy road and too many scenic sites to stop and enjoy but if you have the time it’s well worth the trip. (All photos taken with a Sony RX10M4)

Jeff Insel is a Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes