I don’t remember the exact year, but it was in the late ‘60s, shortly after my wife Ellen and I were married. We drove from San Francisco to LA down Route 1, the coastal highway, stopping for pictures, for picnics, and at one point for two days to read all seven CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia in an inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
We loved the trip, and we often talked about it over the past few decades.
So when Ellen had to be in SF this summer for her work, we decided that when she was finished, we would celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary by renting a car and driving down the coast again. We convinced some long time friends to meet us half way, in the Big Sur area.
Contrary to what Thomas Wolfe has told us, we found, “You Can Go ‘Home’ Again.”
We found only minimal changes in the area, exceptional views, wonderful food, and good companionship.
And so here are some (18) of Ellen’s best pictures from this year’s California coastal trip. Seems as if there’s a bit more emphasis on flowers. Perhaps the ‘Flower Child’ of the ‘60s has taken on new meaning.
If you want to see more, Ellen has a slide show for you.
I’ll be posting more of them on my Facebook Page later this evening.
Please specify logistics re: reading 7 books together over two days. Thank you.
Beautiful scenery. Love that drive.
Fruzsina Harsanyi said:
Ray and I took the same trip for the same reason for our 35th anniversary this year.
It was our first trip together before we were married. It is as beautiful as it was then and as Ellen’s pics show. The coastline is one of the most dramatic in the world, only matched in my mind by Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Lots of countries have great scenery, but I realized that it takes big countries to produce such sustained drama over so many miles.
Have you never read them? Each is less than 200 pages, small, paperback. Each can be read in a few hours. Did your folks never school you in good, fantasy literature? A wasted youth, I fear.
Land Wayland said:
Spectacular pictures of spectacular scenery. The pictures do it justice. Wow. Wow. Wow. I have seen it many times and each time is a very special treat. I will make copies of the best for my office. Thank you for sharing.
Land and Ping
Valentine Marziale said:
Love the photos!! I should be taking off for the west coast this summer… Best to you and Ellen!
Chris Boutourline said:
Thank you for the beautiful photos.