San Francisco – Highway 1 – Los Angeles

4 10 2013

Phew! This is the final posting on our trip to USA. It’s taken me a while to write as I have been busy at both work and home since we returned. As the main goals of the trip to USA were all fulfilled the last couple of days in California were more geared to sightseeing. To recap, the main points of interest for the vacation trip were.

– Find a cache that was placed in October 2000 so I could complete the Jasmer challenge.
– Visit the Grand Canyon as that has been on my wish list for the past 50 or more years.
– Do some of the ET Highway power trail.
– Do some of the Route 66 power trail.

As always I try to keep some kind of statistics for my geocaching. This is the result from the 2 weeks we were in USA as shown by a simple GSAK macro.

Find statistics for the trip

Find statistics for the trip

We found caches in four new states: California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, which if course gave new geocaching souvenirs.

August was the month for the geocaching “31 days of Geocaching” streak challenge and even if I hadn’t intended to hunt for a cache on every day we did pretty well during the time we were in USA. We did alright between the sixth and the sixteenth but failed on the 17th which was International Geocaching day, so there I missed getting two souvenirs, for what that’s worth. I ended up at the end of August with twenty one souvenirs out of thirty two possible so I was happy enough with that.

After spending a couple of days in San Francisco we headed out on Highway 1 towards a planned overnight stay in San Luis Obispo and a final night close to Los Angeles before flying home. When I did the same trip in April 1991 the weather was fantastic. Now, in August we were hit by fog for the first hour but then it cleared up as we headed south.

A foggy start to our drive on Highway 1

A foggy start to our drive on Highway 1

Monterey - Cannery Row, made imortal in John Steinbacks novels

Monterey – Cannery Row, made imortal in John Steinbacks novels

Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge

Highway 1 just south of Bixby Bridge

Highway 1 just south of Bixby Bridge

Highway 1 cliffs

Highway 1 cliffs

Highway 1 island

Highway 1 island

We didn’t stop to look for any caches until we reached San Luis Obispo. We discovered when we arrived that it was the evening of the weekly Farmers Market so we hade a very pleasant evening in the town that included a couple of great beers in the local microbrewery being served by a beautiful girl. Now, that doesn’t happen so often.

Beautiful girl in SLO

Beautiful girl in SLO

San Luis Obispo brewer

San Luis Obispo brewer

We also saw a couple of good music acts, a drama in the form of a person needing ambulance aid in the middle of the crowded street and some great street life including a walk up Bubblegum Alley.

Bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo. Colourful but gross!

Bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo. Colourful but gross!

We took an early morning walk from the hotel and found the two nearby caches of 1903 Gasworks and Mitchell & Judson before leaving for the continued journey south.

We stopped a couple more times where we found a virtual Big Fig

Gigantic fig tree

Gigantic fig tree


and two earthcaches.

Tar Pits Park

Tar Sands

Tar Sands

The tar pits were quite amazing. Watching tar oozing out of the ground was quite a sight, one that I have never seen before. Even the mammoth skeleton was amazing.

Pygmy Mammoths of the Channel Islands NP

Pygmy mammoth

Pygmy mammoth

Finally on our last couple of hours before returning the rental car we took a little detour through Hollywood where we had to see the walk of fame. Just a couple of the many stars are depicted below.

Alfred Hitchcock was one of many stars

Alfred Hitchcock was one of many stars

Ann-Margret is one of the handful of Swedes that has a star on the boulevard

Ann-Margret is one of the handful of Swedes that has a star on the boulevard

All in all we had a memorable two weeks in the west of USA and all because I needed to find a cache placed in October 2000 so I could complete the Jasmer Challenge.

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