Taking advantage of time off school, we drove down the West Coast, going through 3 states and getting a world of landscapes around us

Getting There

Our first destination being Calistoga in the Napa Valley, our trip down took 2 days, and although road trips tend to be boring, Shasta Mountain and the Napa Hills helped

One of the highest mountains in California, Shasta Mountain is easily seen from any road in North California
One of the highest mountains in California, Shasta Mountain is easily seen from any road in North California
This truck stop was a good idea. Lucky for drivers, there are many rest stops on the way down the Pacific Highway
This truck stop was a good idea. Lucky for drivers, there are many rest stops on the way down the Pacific Highway
Napa Valley is simply stunning. The green hills and livestock on each side make for a great drive
Napa Valley is simply stunning. The green hills and livestock on each side make for a great drive

The Wine

Having my mother on the trip with us, we just had to stop at some wineries. But I couldn't argue. They were beautiful and the food was amazing

The California sun is always a plus on these trips, but the cool breezes in Napa kept it at bay
The California sun is always a plus on these trips, but the cool breezes in Napa kept it at bay
Mustard Fields are always a good idea. Make sure you visit wineries like this one - at Round Pond Estate Winery
Mustard Fields are always a good idea. Make sure you visit wineries like this one - at Round Pond Estate Winery
Castello di Amorosa is a spectacular castle that just happens to have a restaurant and a winery inside it. With historic items such as a slave pen and a grape press, it is a great destination in Napa
Castello di Amorosa is a spectacular castle that just happens to have a restaurant and a winery inside it. With historic items such as a slave pen and a grape press, it is a great destination in Napa

Sun at Pismo Beach

After leaving Calistoga, the sun in SoCal is unbeatable and the beach in Pismo, only a short walk from our RV park, houses many attractions - mainly sand, surf and sunsets

These little pipers ran back and forth from the incoming tide
These little pipers ran back and forth from the incoming tide
Did you know you can drive on this beach? $5 to the State Service and you can go do some donuts or ride the waves!
Did you know you can drive on this beach? $5 to the State Service and you can go do some donuts or ride the waves!
The dunes behind the beach make for a great escape from the cars driving the shore; and a cool vista point
The dunes behind the beach make for a great escape from the cars driving the shore; and a cool vista point

Avila and ATV's

A day of adventure, we used Steve's ATV to get an awesome 2 hour ride on the dunes in Pismo, before driving to Avila Beach and getting a gelato to eat while sitting on the sand

The pier at Avila Beach reaches all the way out, and being a common stop over for migrating whales, it is a good viewing point
The pier at Avila Beach reaches all the way out, and being a common stop over for migrating whales, it is a good viewing point
Monochromatic colors complement the cloudy weather that is a common here at Avila
Monochromatic colors complement the cloudy weather that is a common here at Avila

Dunes

With some awesome zip lining in the morning at Santa Margarita, we got some awesome sky high views. But along with that, we walked along the Pismo Dunes to really see the unspoiled region

This family had been camping on the dunes, an amazing idea that I wish I had thought of
This family had been camping on the dunes, an amazing idea that I wish I had thought of
After seeing the full length of what was around us we climbed the dune you can see in the center of the picture and sat up top to eat lunch
After seeing the full length of what was around us we climbed the dune you can see in the center of the picture and sat up top to eat lunch
Santa Margarita Adventures certainly served us some awesome zip lining
Santa Margarita Adventures certainly served us some awesome zip lining