Beach Cruisin’ to the Arroyo Valley

AreWeReally? poised to explore the canyons of the Arroyo Valley



AreWeReally? poised to explore the canyons of the Arroyo Valley


AreWeReally? and Helvetica set out from Ocean Beach in San Francisco Funkengroovin’ in the Jetta. It has five cylinders! The trip on Highway One south from San Francisco was excellent as usual starting with Devil’s Slide and the San Mateo Coast all the way into Santa Cruz. I used to have all the names of all the public beaches between San Francisco and Santa Cruz memorized, but that was last century. San Gregorio always is a mandatory pee stop but sometimes we charge all the way to Davenport near Bonnie Doon where the venture up into the canyon to wine taste is intrepid to say the least.

Watsonville and Castroville wiz by on both sides exuding the smell of newly plowed and fertilized dirt that grows mainly strawberries and artichokes with lots of lettuces scattered throughout. Pezzini’s Artichoke stand on Highway One at Highway 156 is our favorite to stock up on chokes, veggies and fruit.

Monterey Bay looms large and pristine with the fog playing tag in the pines. Pebble Beach is not-so-secluded, yet is exclusively remote to most people. It is nestled among the Del Monte forest of monterey pines abutting against the pacific ocean between Pacific Grove and Carmel. 

Big Sur is a majestic coast along central California adorned with pines and brush and steep cliffs falling into the ocean. Access to the beaches is treacherous due to the steep geology. 

Avila Beach, Shell Beach and Pismo Beach are central coast habitats suitable for weekend visits providing excellent accommodations and access to beaches, vineyards and all sorts of out door activities. The area provides excellent diversion from visiting our nieces. Several valleys can be explored for the fruit which includes grapes, apples, peaches, pomegranates and other seed and stone fruit.


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