It wasn't ALL bad, so here is some good stuff:
(Picture: Lucy is loaded in the truck and ready to go! She looks bored silly, but, really, deep inside, she is excited.)
We decided to drive down the coast along Hwy 1. Many say that it is the most beautiful coastline in the world. I don't have a lot to compare to since I have done limited traveling, but it was breathtaking.
We were following along the race route for the Tour of California bike race. It is one of the biggest professional bike races in the country and it covers 650 miles in California those poor boys got some seriously SHITTY California weather. (click "poor boys" link to see videos of the race. The coastline shots are Stage four.)
The rain was pouring down, the wind was howling, and it was COLD. (Pictures: My husband taking pictures of the coastline in the pouring rain, then returning to the car in the pouring rain.) You will note that I am taking all of these pictures from inside the car.
There was only one thing that I was willing to go out into the rain and cold for.....
BABIES!!! Elephant Seal babies to be exact.
In San Simeon there is a colony of 7,500 elephant seals . There were tons of them. In the winter they have their babies. When my hubby gets his pictures up I will put a link or slideshow up because he got some great shots. They were all the way up the beach, next to the fence. I seriously could have touched one. Please Note: I DID NOT do this, as it is both illegal and wrong to do. We carry lots of bacteria and potential diseases that have unknown effects on wild animals. DO NOT touch them! (Picture: OMG! Big, fat, fatties! Baby faces that are so cute they actually made my heart hurt.)
That was it. The rest was Lompoc hell hole. Hubby went to Solvang to take pictures of the race and had a good time. We ate in Solvang on the way home. I had some pancakes that were unremarkable. Solvang seems cute, but I didn't see much of it. It was nice to spend time with the hubby and Lucy so all in all a success, but I won't be racing back to Lompoc anytime soon.
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