522 photos later...
We finally picked a few to share. What an amazing trip!
Santa Monica Pier:
We decided, very quickly, that the Santa Monica Pier would be the perfect place for a date. There are restaurants, a (romantic) beach, and plenty of surrounding elements to admire (and photograph). I could have spent all night at this beach. We ate dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp, Co. and walked the sand until sunset. A perfect start to our California getaway.
A blast from the past! Tobin James is a favorite among the Central Valley dwellers. It was a favorite of ours too when we visited (by recommendation) on our honeymoon. This year, a wine festival was in full swing, so many more people were tasting on Saturday, but we all had such a great time. We tasted at another called Eberle Winery where you see the underground wine cellar and the lush landscapes. The weather was beautiful and sunny - perfect for sipping on wine outdoors.
We spent most of our time on the Port San Luis Harbor watching the birds, fisherman, and SEA LIONS! Did you see how close we were too?! I wanted to snuggle with one so badly - even though they had a peculiar smell, I didn't care. It was pretty chilly on the docks, so we grabbed some fresh fish for dinner and made our way back to the house to grill.
Sequoia National Park:
Sequoia National Park is filled with "big trees" - everywhere you look. A bit of construction let us stop and stretch our legs about halfway up the mountain. In that time, I stepped out of the car, turned toward the mountainside and spotted that black bear about 15 feet from our car. WHOA. I snapped a few photos and got myself back in the car, all while watching the other people run down the road to get a better shot. It was a great start to the park, that's for sure. Shortly after we climbed to the top of Moro Rock and made our way to the General Sherman, a gigantic sequoia standing about 275 feet high.
Thanks Adam & Kirstie for such a fantastic trip!
Can't wait to visit again soon.