We are headed to Bakersfield, CA today, hopefully with no disasters, and hoping the RV engine light doesn’t come back on.
Today was a really long day! Over eight hours of driving across mostly desert. It really wears on you after a while! We were very grateful that the engine light did not reappear and we had no other issues except for a screw coming out of the front window shade on one of the rough parts of I-40. We ended the night playing Battleship with the kids.
Today we drove to Greenfield, CA, where we stayed at Yank’s RV Resort. We’ve stayed here before and it’s one of our favorite RV parks.
We took a detour to avoid construction, which was a mistake. We ended up on a super tight and winding road that went up a steep hill and was next to a drop off on the driver’s side, and a steep hill on the passengers side (that I narrowly missed a few times!). Sitting in traffic would have been a better choice.
We Immediately headed to Santa Cruz to spend the afternoon
We also stopped at the Walmart in Salinas on our way back. Unreal how many isles have items behind glass! Must be a ton of shoplifting in Salinas.
We spent the day in Monterey! Hey, that rhymed! On our way, we stopped off at Laguna Seca Raceway to see the track, because Tripp didn’t remember it from before. This time was better, though, because we bought a day pass and they told us where to go for the best view of the track. We hiked up an extremely steep dirt path to the top where you can see 95% of the track along with the famous corkscrew turn.
We then ate at Monterey‘s Fish House, which was absolutely amazing! I can see why this place was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
After that, we headed down Highway 1 toward Big Sur. We didn’t drive all the way there, but stopped off and checked all the amazing view before heading to downtown Monterey.
We then went in a few shops down at Cannery Row, and unfortunately the Monterey Bay Aquarium was already closing for the day
After walking around Cannery Row, we set out to re-create the photo below. We drove up and down the coastline near downtown, looking for the exact location where we took this. We had to pay attention to the where the fence was constructed and the buildings in the background because those were our only clues as to where we took the photo!
We then did some tidepooling, but the tide was in open so not many tide pools
3 thoughts on “Out West 2021 – Part 2 (Bakersfield, Santa Cruz, Monterey)”
Love the orange groves and the Mojave. Brings back lots of memories of when we lived there when I was 10. We’re glad it’s going well and you’re getting to do all those things. Love you guys.
Mom and Dad
That’s really neat! Love you too!
That’s SO sad about the Walmart there. Glad it hasn’t come to that here.
And at first it looked like those seals (or sea lions?) on the beach were dead. But, of course, they were just out for a tan. 😂
Glad you’re getting to enjoy California!
Mom and Dad