Landed in San Francisco, after 20 hours we need some rest, we hook up with Bart Lacroix, my co-founder at both Nailab and 1% Club, We have a couple of meetings in San Francisco but before that we each have 10 days of leave for the year, we had decided we wanted to do a Road Trip but none of us had any specific plan.
So Day 1. We are going to drive as far as we can in 10 days, that’s sort of silly because we need to come back but well, lets think about that on the way.
What we need is first is to hire a car, so we get this red little thing.
We hook up this little girl (Pic of GPS), We get lost for 45 minutes trying to get out of San Francisco, we buy some biting’s, water and finally we are on the highway/Freeway
Maria, our Annoying but reliable GPS Device
We have one destination, some place that someone promised Bart he could see whales, its called the Big Sur, also rumor has it that we will believe in God more if we drive along the pacific. Bart has to drive all the way, he drives on the wrong side of the road in Holland anyway like they do here in the States.
Our First stop is at Monterey, a small fishing town on the coast, we have lunch and walk around watching people fish and others in their boats and yachts our focus is the Big Sur, but its getting late and we need a place to sleep.
We end up at Big Sur Camping and cabin and we discover that it will cost us $257 for a cabin, that’s 3 times our daily budget!, then the following conversation takes place.
Guys, it’s ok you can pay $50 for a tent site, we might have one more camping spot opened, do you guys have a tent?
mhh no problem, we have a space tent here you guys can use this one, someone left if behind, You guys have sleeping bags?
… No… (this is the point you feel stupid)
mhh, ok, we have one sleeping bag, but if you drive down the general store you can buy one more for $25, you guys do have blankets .. right
… We look at each other and like little boys shake our heads (now we feel like complete dummys, take note: buy blankets and sleeping bags just incase)
No problem guys, I will get you some foam’s and you will be perfect.
They later found us an extra tent, an extra sleeping bag, nobody smirks, nobody looks at us like we are stupid and unprepared, everybody is very nice, we discover that its almost a culture here after we buy firewood and forget the lighter at the general store… (Don’t laugh)
Before long, we have the two tents figured out and set up
I grew up using paraffin and putting on a Jiko (charcoal stove) trust me lighting a camp fire is a different story, so we bought the wood at the general store, we only forgot to buy the lighter… don’t ask…but our very helpful neighbor who has been comping for 16 years sorted us out in a minute and we had a big camp fire
The expert fire .. dude, forgot the lighter in the store , at-least we had ordered for it
The people at Big Spur are the most friendly people I have met in the world, from the reception staff to the other campers, there is a strong belief here about Karma, “what goes around comes around”, the helped offered is overwhelming, people give you gifts for nothing, they are polite, they ask if you need help, everyone is so friendly, it’s actually spooky, just 4 hours ago we had to pay $50 to store a single bag in San Francisco hotel, here, we have almost everything for free, there is no cellphone reception, they don’t have email and no WIFI.
We wake up the next day, find the new shift and they are as friendly, we bid them bye and drive to the general store, there is an inn next door and we have breakfast with Sergio, he wishes he could join us but he has to work, he wants pictures of cars from Las Vegas, by post because he also does not have email. We are sad to leave Big Sur. But we have to continue, because …we…..are….on…a…road….trip!
I cannot describe the road along the pacific and pictures cannot describe the scene, it’s breathtaking, the ocean comes to the edge of the mountain / really big hills, the read is between the two, in the horizon unlike other places, the ocean seems join the sky.
Dodge Vipers in Santa Barbara, driven by Senior Citizens, about 4 of them
Here we get to see the Ocean like this…
Bart enjoying the scenic View
Then we find this…. Elephant Seals, one of the last colony, so its not only Kenyans who have a problem with “elephant poaching”
We find a Colony of Seal Elephant Discovered in 1992
After a long beautiful day of driving we just arrived in Los Angeles. We are staying (of course) in the Hollywood neighborhood; booked in at the USA Hostel we are their last customers for the day, 1 or 2 days in Hollywood? Not sure,
Basically we have two choices, one is go Continue South, to beautiful San Diego, (Option A) problem is with our thinking right now, we will end up in Mexico which is 30 minutes from San Diego on the other hand, we have Las Vegas (Option B) this is usually how the movie” hang over starts” …. We go where we get the most suggestions from you.