Tuesday, 28 October 2008
On the way to LA
Yesterday we did our first drive up the California Coast, destination Laguna Beach. Our guide book described Laguna Beach as "drop dead gorgeous, and full of people who share the same attributes". However the weather was not on our side yesterday, Laguna Beach was shrouded in a thick sea fog and we couldn't see the ocean from the top of the beach, a lot of the shops and restaurants were closed and we saw more homeless people than gorgeous people, maybe the beautiful people stay at home when it is foggy!
We had been planning to stay a night here, but we decided to go in search of the sunshine and headed further up the coast to Newport Beach. The sun was shining here and we went for a stroll around Balboa Island, a beautiful little island with a main street full of little boutique shops and restaurants, while the rest of the island is home to some of the most expensive real estate in America. Where the waterfront houses have their own beach and pier, suddenly playing the lottery seemed a good idea!
We stayed in a motel near Newport and it was a quiet night for us all as we are still getting over our bug! Today we are heading up towards LA and are planning to camp near Santa Monica for a few nights before driving Route 1 at the weekend.