Westport to Santa Rosa, CA, via Hwy 1

Look at the perfect dome shape the flowers make on this little sand flower growing in the dunes.
Sand Flower
Sand Flower

 We continued south on Hwy 1.  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline in northern California!

Hwy 1 - roller coaster
Hwy 1 - roller coaster

We had a little change of scenery today.  There were some forested areas; even some redwoods.  These aren’t redwoods but it made a pretty arbor over the road.  The drive to Santa Rosa took a couple hours longer than we expected.  Lots of small towns with 25 mph limits; in addition to all the twists and turns with 10 – 20 mph limits.  The trees were a nice change and were, actually, kind of a relief from the sheer cliffs.

Forested Areas
Forested Areas

Something else that was a little odd, was the open range land way up on the cliffs.  There were cows right next to the road!  Just a little something to add to the stress.  We both said we would NOT take this route with our 5th wheel.  We only saw 1 other RV on the whole highway and it was a Class C.

Hwy 1 - southbound
Hwy 1 - southbound

 We were getting a little weary of the steep shoreline roller coaster so we turned inland on Hwy 116 at Jenner.

Jenner, CA
Jenner, CA

The drive up the river was nice.  Monte Rio is a cute little town.  We saw lots of vineyards, in their fall colors, as we came into Santa Rosa.

SantaRosa-FallVineyard
SantaRosa-FallVineyard

We had a wonderful visit, although too short, with family and spent the night outside their doorstep.

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