Paolo Balboa

The Great California Road Trip

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In late September, we drove from LA to San Francisco via the California 1. The 1 is a National Scenic Byway that was built along the coast of the great state of California, and as far as scenic routes go, this one might take the cake. From Santa Monica to the Big Sur cliffs to the Bay, we drove this two-lane route for the better part of four total days. We camped in a Big Sur Cabin, slept in an empty flat two blocks south of The Mission and stopped in Monterrey, before sauntering back to Echo Park.

After living in the harsh, dead and brown LA landscape, this trip was a much-needed reminder that we lived in the most naturally diverse state in the US. It was late September and I think we needed to remember what autumn felt like. I fell in love with California after this trip, and I hope to call it my home again at some point in the future.

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Written by Paolo Balboa

November 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

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