Summer in So Cal

First stop: San Simeon & Hearst’s Castle.

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hearst castle neptune pool

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highway 1

Going south along Highway 1 will give you such beautiful and extraordinary views of the California coast.

view of morro bay

mission san luis obispo de tolosa

The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in the evening.

pismo beach

A photogenic automobile in Pismo Beach.

mission santa barbara

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Views at the mission in Santa Barbara.

getty center view

The view of Los Angeles from the Getty Center.

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Enjoying the view from the Getty Center.

hugo's veggie burger

hugo's green tamales

Delicious veggie burger and green tamales at Hugo’s in West Hollywood. This place has dozens of hearty and healthy vegan options, all clearly marked on the menu. My boyfriend and I agreed this place had the best-tasting veggie burger either of us ever had. The tamales were pretty darn special, too—full of fresh savory vegetables and a cheesy topping of what I suspect was Daiya. These were the best photos I could get because these scrumptious plates disappeared in a mad lip-smacking blur.

palm springs turbines

Miles of wind turbines greet you to Palm Springs from Highway 111.

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native foods cafe

My guy and I indulged in a vegan bacon cheeseburger and the Sicilian pizza at Native Foods Café on E Palm Canyon Drive. On a 90° night this water-misted oasis offered this vegan an unrestricted menu of everything from burritos to strawberry shortcake. Was this just another heat-induced delirium, a fantasy? Without my photos, I couldn’t be sure it was not.

If you’re ever in Palm Springs, I also recommend koffi for a frozen slushy heaven of iced coffee and soymilk to keep you from disintegrating in the mid-morning sun.

joshua tree np

Unlike me, some things thrive in the heat of Joshua Tree National Park.

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Summer in So Cal

  1. T

    Wow, gorgeous photos! Makes me want to hightail it to SanFran!

  2. Bee

    Oh your photos take me back to when I lived in California and travelled to all the places you show, back in the early 2000s. Thanks for the photos and the opportunity for me to spend a little time going down memory lane

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