I planned on seeing my cousin, but I didn’t know ahead of time how things were going to work out while I was in LA, so we didn’t have it all planned out. I called one day and she said, “Can you come today?” So I did. It was a 5-6 hour drive to San Jose and when I pulled into her driveway, I saw a bobcat. A little bit of a surprise, but I figured the cat was more afraid of me than I was of it. I even thought I may have been seeing things since it was dark and I had just driven a pretty long way. But, they live on the edge of an area that is full of wildlife. I got to see quite a few deer in the next couple days.
I stayed with her 2 nights and it was very nice to connect after not seeing each other for so long. I look forward to spending more time with her in the future.
I drove the Pacific Coastal Highway back to Los Angeles from Santa Cruz. It was absolutely beautiful. This trip was full of breathtaking scenery! I thought that Colorado, Utah and Arizona had so much of it, but I definitely vote the Coastal Highway as my favorite drive of the entire trip! I stopped frequently, like every 100 feet, to take pictures. That might be a slight exaggeration, but not a huge one. There was a thick fog that day. Even at 2:00 in the afternoon.
I am never up early enough back east to get pictures of fog. The entire day had a covering of fog. There were only a few spots that I was able to see the ocean that day and the only reason I was glad I didn’t know how high above the ocean that I really was is because of how nauseous I got looking down into the Grand Canyon. I never had that experience with heights before. I won’t admit that it could be age.
If I wasn’t driving alone, I would have pulled over at sunset and slept under the stars and drove again in the morning. But, I had to be concerned about safety since everybody else was worried about me. I hated having to miss scenic views driving in the dark. I am looking forward to doing this again!