Pacific Coast Highway

    Day 1

    Day 1 - April 17, 2003 - Monument, CO to Flagstaff, AZ

    We got up this morning at 5 AM MDT and we were out of the garage at 5:57. It was a gray, with ground fog as we drove out of Monument and got on I-25 going south. As...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - April 18, 2003 - Flagstaff, AZ to Pauma Valley, CA

    We woke at 6:10, much before we had planned, and I had a chance to clean the car a little bit. The air temperature was about freezing so I had to use warm water to clean the...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - April 19, 2003 - Pauma Valley, CA to Escondido, CA

    We woke up at 6:45, showered, organized our things to be ready to leave for the day. We knew that Tom and Sue were going to be with their friends for Easter. We looked out the window...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - April 20, 2003 - Escondido, CA to Carpinteria, CA

    We left the Quality Inn at Escondido at 7:55 and with the top down, we drove south on I-15 then onto I-805 through San Diego to the US-Mexico border. We almost had the road to ourselves as it...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - April 21, 2003 - Carpinteria, CA to Santa Cruz, CA

    We were on the road by 8:20 after a good continental breakfast of juice, coffee, bagels, English muffins, and yogurt. The sky had a high overcast and the temperature was in the 50s. We tried to get...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - April 22, 2003 - Santa Cruz, CA to Ukiah, CA

    We had rain during the night so after I showered and dressed, I went out and wiped the car down to get the rain and a little of the road dirt off the car. We had breakfast....

    Day 7

    Day 7 - April 23, 2003 - Ukiah, CA to Bandon, OR

    The word for the day is RAIN!!!

    The continental breakfast did not have much of a selection so I had some coffee and we left the Rodeway at 7:45. It was 43 degrees, cloudy, misty with fog in...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - April 24, 2003 - Bandon, OR to Astoria, OR

    At 7 AM this morning it was sunny. There was coffee in the room but no breakfast. We checked out and told the person at the desk about the dirty room and the unrequested wake-up call at 6...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - April 25, 2003 - Astoria, OR to Mercer Island, WA

    We left the hotel at 8:15, it was sunny and 46 degrees, a great day to travel in the Northwest. The big news of the day was that there were two earthquakes today, one in Portland and...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - April 26, 2003 - Mercer Island, WA to Mercer Island, WA

    We got up at 8 AM, took a shower and went upstairs to find Chef Eduardo in the kitchen cooking bacon and eggs for all of us. The wonderful Yukon blend of Starbucks Coffee was all...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - April 27, 2003 - Mercer Island, WA to Pendleton, OR

    Ted made breakfast again, this time French toast and we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the dining room. We packed the car, said our thank yous and left Mercer Island at 10:10. We went west on I-90...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - April 28, 2003 - Pendleton, OR to Ogden, UT

    We were out of the hotel at 7:45. This was a super Best Western with a great variety on the Continental Breakfast. It was partly cloudy but the desk clerk promised a nice day - already 45 degrees....

    Day 13

    Day 13 - April 29, 2003 - Ogden, UT to Monument, CO

    We left our hotel at 8:05 after a light breakfast after packing the Honda for the last morning. The sky was mostly sunny, it was 42 degrees and the trees in Ogden were just beginning to leaf out....

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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