Santa Clarita, CA

In our transition from Pismo Beach to Long Beach, we stopped off in Santa Clarita, CA, for the weekend.  This gave us an opportunity to visit with our friends Ralph and Carlie.

Valencia Travel Village

In Santa Clarita, we once again parked at the Valencia Travel Village.

Next Stop:  Long Beach, CA

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Pismo Beach, CA

Pismo Beach is another beautiful spot on the central coast of California, located south of Morro Bay where we parked for a month back in the summer.  We parked at Pismo Coast Village which is located on the beach.

The Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is another wintering site for these beautiful butterflies.  At this grove we were able to see many more butterflies than when we were at the grove in Pacific Grove.

Next stop:  Santa Clarita, CA

Greenfield, CA

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Greenfield is on Highway 101 south of Salinas.  While here we visited the Monterey peninsula and Pinnacles National Park.

We have been to Monterey before on a road trip and it’s a beautiful place to visit.  We checked out the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Lovers Point Park, Point Pinos Lightstation and had a terrific lunch in Cannery Row at The Fish Hopper restaurant.  We also stopped at the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pacific Grove.  This is one of several wintering sites for these colorful butterflies along the Pacific coast.  Temps were in the mid-50’s when we were there so they were not very active and we saw only a couple of them.  We’re hoping to see more at the grove in Pismo Beach.

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Yosemite National Park

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We all have our views about natural beauty but I can’t imagine that anyone would not agree that Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular places on earth.  Yosemite Valley has majestic glacier carved granite walls with waterfalls and lush meadows.  With Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point the mind has difficulty coping with the sheer size and scope of what the eye sees.

Yosemite Falls, at 2,425 feet, is the tallest waterfall in North America when including all three portions, upper, middle and lower falls.  Generally, at this time of year its water source would be mostly dried up but there was still a good stream tumbling down the sheer rock face.

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