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Classic California PCH Road Trip: A Mobile Photo Essay

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PCH Panorama shot on my iPhone 6

I recently spent a day driving down the PCH from Big Sur to Los Angeles with both my dogs for company. It’s one of my favorite drives and I try to do it once every year or so. Here are some of my favorite images from that trip.


Moody blue coastline

I started my trip in the morning, which is not really the best way to do it. The coast is notoriously foggy and often doesn’t burn off until later in the day. Fortunately, I liked the moody morning and the cool way it made the coast look.


Rocky Creek Bridge

I stopped at several scenic points along to way to take photographs with my iPhone 6. The scenic overlooks near the bridges are my favorites.  The bridges are so impressive and I like to imagine what the building process must have been like back in 1932.


A Seagull who knows location is everything


Flowers at Limekiln State Park

Mobile phone service is very spotting along parts of the coast and I forget this every time I do the drive. If you want to visit a specific beach or park, I’d advise bringing a paper map or printed directions with distances between landmarks. I missed the turn off to Pfeiffer Beach, often considered the crown jewel of dog-friendly Big Sur beaches.


Foggy tree line above Limekiln State Park

Instead I stopped at Limekiln State Park, which has a dog-friendly beach area. Parking was an issue at Limekiln because of the number of campers, but I lucked out and got the last space.


Zeppelin and Scarlet exploring the beach

I don’t have a ton of photos because it’s tough to get great photos when your handling two dogs who are curiously exploring the beach.


A stream flowing into the pacific at the Limekiln beach


Zeppelin in Profile

This was the first time I’ve had a chance to take both my labs to the beach in California. They have previously enjoyed the Washington Coastline and San Juan Islands.


Scarlet on the sand

I always stop for a bite to eat in the town of Big Sur. I like the Big Sur River Inn because it has a wide expanse of lawn near the river where I can walk the dogs. There is also free wifi, which is rare in these parts.


An old school omelette at the Big Sur River Inn

The Big Sur River Inn is a total time warp. The soft 70s musical stylings of Al Stewart and Jim Croce play in heavy rotation and the menu doesn’t feel likes it’s been updated since 1977. There is something fabulous about how non-ironically retro this place is that brings me back time and again.


Spring has sprung south of Hearst Castle

Foodies might prefer grabbing a bite at the Big Sur Bakery, or popping into the restaurant at the Ventana Inn & Spa for a meal.

*All images in this post were shot on my iPhone 6. I used the ShakeItPhoto App for the groovy, 70s inspired Polaroid effect inspired by the music at the Big Sur River Inn.