Friday, September 14, 2012

PCH - How one imagines it

After spending the night at Leo Carillo we had to pack up and get back on the One pretty quickly.  Our next stop was Plasket Creek and according to the internet sites we looked at this was the only camping area where you couldn't make reservations.

It was a bit of a drive and we didn't know how long it would take us so we didn't get to spend any time on the beach at Leo Carillo.  And actually this turned out to be a good day to be traveling because DANG it was windy!

Here is where the story of our trailer coming off the hitch comes into play.  (At least I think it was here.  Ty can correct me if I'm wrong).  We got hitched up and ready to go.  As we pulled onto the highway Ty said that he had a surprise for us that he wanted to show us.  But he wouldn't tell us what it was.

We pulled onto the PCH and drove a little ways up the coast and then Ty took an exit.  He had found an "Ormond Beach" online and we were going to try and drive to it.  As we got off the highway there was a little jolt from the trailer but we didn't think too much of it.

As we came down to the bottom of the off ramp and came to a stop there was a bigger "jolt" that we couldn't ignore.  I hopped out of the Durango to go check things out and the trailer had come completely off of the hitch and slid up onto the bumper!

We were SO very blessed that it didn't come off as we were driving.  It came off, honestly, at the best possible time. The exit that we had gotten off on was a pretty quiet one and there wasn't any traffic.  We were able to get it back on pretty quickly and just as we were finishing up a highway patrol officer got off of the freeway and pulled up behind us.  He got out of his car and came up to check and make sure that everything was okay.

Seriously, the whole situation could have (and would have) been so much worse if we hadn't decided to take that little detour.  After hooking everything back up we proceeded on to try and find our beach.  Unfortunately we were unable to get to it so after a little side jaunt we hopped back on the PCH and headed up to Plaskett Creek.

In between Leo Carillo and Plaskett Creek are many stretches of the 1 that you envision when you think of driving up the Coast.  So without further of the beautiful California coast.

*most of these were taken from within the vehicle because of time constraints and the wind we did not make many stops along they way for pictures.

This just goes to show you how windy it was!  These people
were Para-surfing!!!  Crazy!
Okay THIS was so cool and freaky at the same time.
We were driving along and I was in the passenger seat.
I looked up at the rear view mirror and I saw an large airplane....
It was so bizarre.  This was a stretch of the PCH that was very high
up above the ocean so we were up around some air space I guess.
It was a military plane.
Cool and freaky at the same time.

I love the look of the waves and the rocks in this one.
This was the ONE spot where we stopped to get some pictures.
It is just East of the Julia Pfieffer Burns State park.
Incredible views!
Along one of these stretches was an area where you could stop and view elephant seals but it was too dang windy!  We were able to catch a glimpse of those huge beasts from our car though.  

We drove and we drove and we drove a very long time.  In fact we began to worry that maybe we weren't going to find Plaskett creek but we did!  YAY!

The next installment will be Plaskett Creek and Sand Dollar Beach.


wendy said...

Really pretty pictures, even if they were taken from the car window. I AM SO GLAD that the whole incident with the trailor coming off did not cause a serious problem for you guys.
Little miracles happen !!

mCat said...

So so pretty!!

Tyran said...

Trailer and the pictures posted were all the day we left Plasket and not on the way but otherwise very accurate and very blessed.

Bonnie the Boss said...

I am so glad you are okay! Holy cow! The beach does look beautiful!