After treating myself to a nice night at a hotel, I felt well-rested and ready for an adventure. This was probably my most adventurous day so far. I wasn't going to let some stupid infection get in my way. Ok, so it was difficult being sorta in the middle of nowhere with no bathroom when you really needed one.
The central coast is probably my favorite place in the whole world. It's absolutely gorgeous...especially this time of the year when the hills are just covered with patches of yellow, purple, and orange wildflowers. And where there aren't wildflowers, the hills are rolling green. Put that next to a rocky coastline! I lived in this area for a year. Sometimes I still ask myself why I ever left. But if I had never left, I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today.
Anyway, my first stop was Moonstone Beach. The beach is littered with the most beautiful stones! It's legal to collect them so I grabbed some for a keepsake. It was quite foggy, but I tried to grab what shots that I could.
I had hoped to stay at an amazing campground in San Simeon State Park while I was on the coast, but the website said that they were full. I decided to stop by to see if they had any spots left for the night and snagged one! I chose a great spot on top of a hill above the ocean, though my spot overlooked rolling green hills and a big valley. I wish I had taken a photo.
Next was a trip up to Piedras Blancas to see the elephant seal rookery. There were mostly pups on the beach and they were so cute!
There's a lighthouse in Piedras Blancas, but it was foggy for most of the day so I couldn't get a clear shot.
I drove up the coast for about 20 minutes to get lunch at Ragged Point. There's a beautiful view from there, but they've changed the area since I've been there. Anyway, I just have to share that I had the best veggie burger of my life at the restaurant there! So tasty!