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Saturday’s scene: on the way to Mendocino

2013/02/09by Donna Hull

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

Alan took this Pacific Coast Highway photograph on a drive from Jenner to Mendocino during a coastal California road trip. On a sunny May morning, we left our accommodations at Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay for the drive through San Francisco, connecting back with the famed road at Jenner where the Russian River pours into the Pacific Ocean. We discovered a stunning ride that gave Alan plenty of opportunity to check out the Porsche’s paces as it twisted and turned past rocky headlands, ranches that stretched to the sea and sweeping vistas. And we made plenty of stops at overlooks where wildflowers bent their colorful blooms in the wind. We think this more off-the-beaten-path stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is just as spectacular as Big Sur and well worth the drive.

Do you have a favorite stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway? Tell us about it in the comments. Alan and I would like to go back to explore more.


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February 10, 2013 at 5:42 am

I love breaks that take me by the sea, and walking by cliffs, love the sense of freedom and open skies
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santafetraveler February 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

Wow! Great shot. My dream is to drive the PCH in a convertible with the top down. We came close- but the weather was so bad, we skipped the convertible rental. A Porsche would be a great way to go- hope it was a convertible!
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February 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

The entire Pacific Coast Highway is fabulous, but Bodega Bay to Jenner and then up to Mendocino are my favorite stretches. Stunning scenery and the road there holds a lot of special memories for me. Beautiful photo.
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Ron Whitaker March 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

PCH is the best!

If you ever get south of San Francisco, you got to visit Carmel and Monterey. Carmel is heaven on earth! A must visit!

Also, if you ever travel to Southern California on PCH, you must make a stop at Pismo Beach. Another fantastic little beach community.

Some of my favorite places!
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