North, via US-101

Adventure, Personal, Travel

Heylen Thienes | California No1

When we headed to California two weeks ago, we had bought one way tickets as we weren’t sure how long we were going to be, but while down there we figured out that not only it would be way cheaper (since it was last minute, again) to drive home, but also a fantastic adventure! So on a whim, we rented a car and headed North via US 101!

It was so much fun! My favourite part of driving home was that not only did we get to a make handful of stops that allowed us to see sights we hadn’t seen before (such as the Hollywood sign)  but also got to say hi to friends we wouldn’t normally see because of distance.  I loved catching up with Marlene and Jessica who are both in LA and Kasey in Vacaville, it’s amazing how much depth and meaning a quick hello can add to a trip!

Heylen Thienes | California no2

On such long trips making stops is vital, as are wine, coffee and a good night’s sleep.  We ended up spending the night in Santa Cruz (and got to see our other friend Kari) to break up the drive and get some rest, as day two was spent on I-5.  The stretch between LA and Santa Cruz on 101  is probably one of my favourite I’ve driven on, it’s so interesting to watch the landscape as it changes from palm trees and big cities, to pines, farming communities and northwest architecture, if you haven’t done this before, make sure you put it on your bucket list!

Heylen Thienes | California No3

We started in Murrieta, CA and this is where we stopped and ate:

+ LA; Brakfast at Lamill

+ Ventura: Blenders in the Grass 

+ Pismo Beach: Farmers Market

+ Paso Robles: Amsterdam Coffee, you can’t buy wine by the glass, but you can buy the bottle and drink it there – great if you need to use the internet!

+ Santa Cruz: We stayed at this super cute Airbnb place, grabbed food at Whole Foods and then got some fuel (Coffee) and amazing pastries from Verve Coffee Roasters



5 thoughts on “North, via US-101

  1. Always an adventure with A Thienes involved! If you two are still on the road and need a place to crash in Gold Beach, shoot me an email.

    1. It really was an adventure, and for a last minute one, it was suprisingly smooth. We’re already home, but next time we’re in the area we’ll have to get together.

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