Wednesday, April 19, 2023

State Route 1 - Monterey County, CA (Cellphone Photos)

On 18 April 2023, my mom and I drove along State Route 1 in Monterey County, CA. We visited Garrapata State Park and Bixby Creek Bridge. I took photos with my cellphones and mirrorless camera. The photos are split into 3 blog posts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos!

Parts: Cellphone Photos | Olympus Part 1 | Olympus Part 2

These photos were shot on my cellphones. The photos are from Garrapata State Park (Somberanes Point Trails and Calla Lily Valley), State Route 1, Notleys Landing, Bixby Creek Bridge, and Coast Road (near Bixby Creek Bridge).

The first main location we visited was Garrapata State Park along State Route 1.

Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
The photo was shot near Gate 2 of Garrapata State Park.

A scenery photo of rocky cliffs, mountains, clouds, and the Pacific Ocean.
The photo was shot at Garrapata State Park Vista Point near Gate 4 in Garrapata State Park.

A scenery photo of rocky cliffs, mountains, clouds, and the Pacific Ocean.
The photo was shot on the Somberanes Point Trails in Garrapata State Park.

A scenery photo of yellow mustard flowers, the ocean, clouds, and high voltage power lines (left).
The photo was shot on the Somberanes Point Trails in Garrapata State Park.

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Next we arrive at Calla Lily Valley which is also in Garrapata State Park.

A scenery photo of Calla Lily flowers (Zantedeschia aethiopica), hills, clouds, and high voltage power lines.
The photo was shot at Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata State Park.

Calla Lily Flowers (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
The photo was shot at Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata State Park.

A scenery photo of Calla Lily flowers (Zantedeschia aethiopica), Garrapata Beach, the Pacific Ocean, and the sun.
The photo was shot at Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata State Park.

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Next we started driving towards Bixby Creek Bridge.

A scenery photo of Rocky Creek Bridge (in the distance), rocky cliffs, mountains, clouds, and the Pacific Ocean.
The photo was shot at Notleys Landing Vista Point.

Next we arrive at Bixby Creek Bridge.

A scenery photo of Bixby Creek Bridge (part of State Route 1), hills, and clouds.
The photo was shot on the side of State Route 1.

A scenery photo of rocky cliffs, mountains, clouds, and the Pacific Ocean.
The photo was shot on the side of State Route 1 near Bixby Creek Bridge.

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Next, I look a walk along part of Coast Road near Bixby Creek Bridge. My mom was too cold so she stayed in the car here. We ended up communicating over the Midland GXT1050 Radio which worked flawlessly over the short distance. The max distance apart was approximately 1720 ft, with no obstruction (except for our car). There is only patchy cellphone service along State Route 1, and my mom and I had no AT&T signal around Bixby Creek Bridge. I recommend you bring radios if you are traveling in a group so you can communicate with each other.

Also please note Coast Road was closed on the day I went, and I did walk into the closed area. There was a small, but constant flow of sand, small pebbles, and small rocks coming down on parts of the rock face. This is risky, and the road is closed for a reason. If you walk onto the road, please assess the risks yourself before walking into a closed area. You access closed areas at your own risk. You could become trapped under a rockslide or your return path could be blocked off by a rockslide. You could die!

A scenery photo of Pride of Madeira flowers (Echium candicans), Coast Road, and mountains.

A photo of Pride of Madeira flowers (Echium candicans) growing on a rockface.
The photo was shot on Coast Road.

A scenery photo of the valley behind Bixby Creek Bridge, and clouds. If you look closely, you'll see several houses in the photo along with some high voltage powerlines.
The photo was shot on Coast Road.

A scenery photo of Bixby Creek Bridge, high voltage powerlines, Coast Road (right), and the Pacific Ocean.
The photo was shot at Bixby Creek Bridge Vista Point on Coast Road.

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

Parts: Cellphone Photos | Olympus Part 1 | Olympus Part 2