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  • I lived in California most of my life and I love the state, but there are a lot of ways to see it and places to go off the beaten path
  • If you are looking for a great eating experience there is a little resturaunt at the end of the pier

    • by Sherrie Taylor
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      California is a great place to take a driving vacation if you like to sight see. I lived in California most of my life and I love the state, but there are a lot of ways to see it and places to go off the beaten path!

      Starting along the coast line in southern California you’ll want to check out San Diego. It is a Navy town with coast line for swimming and you can check out the ships in harbor. As you continue north you’ll want to stay along the coast until you arrive at Ventura Beach. There you can walk along the boardwalk while stopping to eat at various little hamburger stands as well as coffee and ice cream for extra snacking.

      Ventura Beach is a great jumping off point for scubba divers from miles around. Your next stop is Santa Barbara beach. If you are looking for a great eating experience there is a little resturaunt at the end


      of the pier. There you can sit window side and look right out over the water.

      They have great fish and chips. Also Santa Barbara has some of the most beautiful yaughts and show boats docked for viewing. Santa Barbara offers a lot of summer time entertainment in the form of art shows on the beach as well as the training and competional grounds for California’s famous vollyball teams. It is home to many of the rich and famous so keep your eyes open.

      Buying a home in the area is very expensive so if you start to dream, you better plan to dream big. Continuing north be sure to stop at Gaviota Beach just north of Santa Barbara. Gaviota now has eating places and camp grounds for spending long relaxing weekend. However this area can get pretty cool in the evenings so bring a sweater.

      Your next destination is going to be Pismo Beach. Once you find a place to ...


      • park check out the surfers working their way along the pier looking for the perfect wave. There are a few places where you just walk in to a standing room only take out for great clam chowder. Pismo Beach is a main tourist attraction for visitors from all over central California in the summer time.

        As you drive north past San Luis Obispo you’ll come to Cambria. It is a little mountain town on the beach and a family home for years. It is home to many movies locations and strange characters like Captain Nitwit aka Art Beil. He is long since moved on in life, but at one time he had a home there that was built of just about anything he could get hold of.

        From walls embedded with old toilet seats to various rocks from the area and shells of all kinds. Any of the locals can tell you all about him. He was once an olympic swimmer in

        his youth and competed against Johnny Wisemuller of the old Tarzan movies. Cambria is a culturally advanced town for it’s small size with art galleries, fine dining and beautiful homes.

        But becareful if you go for a short walk in the beautiful small woods because it also has a lot of poison oak and you can end up in the hospital real quick. Just north of Cambria is San Simion. It is home to Hearst Castle and you can tour one of several tours always offered. The one I have loved the most is the tour of all the swimming pools on the ground, many of the rooms and their theator where they showed the latest film releases to clients and guest.

        It is overwhelming in size and beauty and hard to imagine people living in it. By the time you reach this point in your California travels and sites you are going to be out of time. Stay tuned for the next part of the California tour into the north country.




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