After stopping--quite briefly--in Monterey, I merged onto Highway 1 North and took a detour from my normal route back towards Stockton. Instead of taking Highway 156, I stayed on 1 and then veered off onto 152 through Gilroy before meeting I-5 and heading north back to Stockton.
I stopped in Moss Landing, a tiny, blink-and-you-miss-it town on the coast, to get some ocean pictures with Cali Swimmy.
|Rosie Pro, my trusty steed.|
|A California Girl and her California Duck.|
|To get here, I had to drive on an access road that was covered in sand. |
A couple of times, I feared Rosie would get stuck.
|Ahh, my beloved Pacific.|
|While here, a guy came up while I was getting a picture of Cali Swimmy.|
I just smiled and said, "It's a long story." He smiled, so I said, "He's got
friends in Detroit, New York, England and Holland." The guy loved it.
After my beach fix, I started heading back inland. I found myself in the small city of Watsonville. There were some great signs, but I wasn't planning on stopping...until I saw the wonderful little town park. I had to stop. Parking was plentiful, so I got out and enjoyed a sunny inland day (the central coast is always cloudy, it seems, while the inland is gorgeous).
|"God's Free Gift." Heh.|
|A sign of the times...|
|A second swim in one day! Cali was beside himself.|
|A FABULOUS old sign.|
|On the way out of town, I slowed to a stop and quickly snapped this.|
I continued on Highway 152, which took me up a small mountain and through some woods. At the top, I stopped for a picture of the view and a sign.
|Driving through the woods (there was no one behind me, so I stopped).|
I stopped at a farm stand store that I've stopped at before. They had some gorgeous produce.
|I bought that gorgeous artichoke that is in the middle of this picture and |
plan to steam it an eat it tomorrow.
|Gilroy is home to the annual Garlic Festival.|
|I bought all of this--one artichoke, a basket of strawberries, two russet |
potatoes, five Roma tomatoes, and a cup of chocolate garlic ice cream--
for a whopping five bucks.
After this stop I was ready to get home. I stopped at a vista point (not the same one from the morning, but a different one) along I-5 and learned a little something I didn't know about the California Aqueduct.
|...And there it is.|
|The San Joaquin Valley|
|One last picture--my messy passenger side after a day's adventure.|