My wonderful daughter, Ann Campbell, made an auspicious career move in 2014 that took her from the urban desert of Phoenix to the warm ocean breezes of Ventura County on the California coast. I’m also happy to report that I was able to visit her there for eleven great days in late August and early September.
The highlight for me was a leisurely, two-day drive with Ann down the Pacific Coast Highway, starting just south of San Francisco. Monterey and Carmel were most memorable; but then so were the views, the ambience and the food in Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, Cambria and other charming coastal towns along the way.
The beauty of the California coast was everything I remembered and expected, maybe more. My last trip down the coast was in the mid-1970’s, long before I started looking more closely at things through a photographer’s eyes. Not that photography was much on mind this time. For the most part I was the wide-eyed tourist and attentive dad who doesn’t get to see his daughter often enough. So my time with Ann was foremost, taking pictures an afterthought.
Still, I think my little Panasonic FZ-200 walk-around camera served me well with its high quality Leica zoom lens.
Anyway, here’s a photo record of some of the highlights of my trip. One thing is certain: I love the California Coast and its perfect weather!
So thank you once more, Ann, for showing me one of the best times of my life. Hope we can do it again before too long.
Turns out I have too many photos for a single post, so all the following are from the Ventura area, including nearby Ojai. Part 2 will feature photos I took on our drive down the Central California Coast.
Coming soon, Part 2, featuring our drive down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.