On our recent road trip, hands down our favorite part of this trip was the four days we spent driving down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco down to Los Angeles. The route took us through Monterey, which is now one of our favorite places on earth since it is where Sarah and I got engaged, and through Big Sur, another of our favorite places because it is simply amazing. It's so incredible to have majestic redwood forests adjacent to beautiful beaches. And, 70 degrees in January was a bit better than the slew of plolar vortices that were attacking Chicago.
Sarah and I had far too little time to spend in Death Valley National Park on our recent cross country trek. Sarah and I plan to make another trip there dedicating an entire week to it. We stayed at Furnace Creek Resort where we enjoyed having a drink at the bar and chatting with fellow travelers. It was here that we learned that the winter weather and road conditions were going to prevent us from making it to Yosemite. We only had time for one early morning at Zabriskie Point and a leisurly drive through the valley. On the drive we stopped on the highway for 10 minutes watching two coyotes that were strolling alongside of the road. At one point I had Sarah let me out of the car so I could run several hundred feet up hill to photograph the valley below and Timmy the Trailer driving through it. Sarah subsequently got yelled at by the park rangers for stopping on the highway, so she had to keep driving down the road leaving me in the dust. I was out of breath running to catch up with her. Worth it.