This begins the most beautiful portion of the Coastal Highway drive, which continues up to the Monterey area.
Driving along endless stretches of sand beaches interspersed with rocky out croppings, often at the bottom of sandy cliffs up to a couple of hundred feet high. Many birds (eg. pelicans) on the rocks out in the water. The surf crashing in on it all, populated occasionally by surfer in wet suits. Regular vantage point stopping areas leave lots of place to stop and admire the scenery and wildlife. Truly the idlyic scenes that inspire thoughts and images of California. The highway hugs the coast this way all the way up.
Our first real stop is at San Luis Abispo, whose Franciscan mission (www.missionsanluisobispo.org) is still in full operation, and which was one of the founding missions in California. We toured the mission (interesting, but these people clearly missed the Reformation ) and the very picturesque town, then had some lunch before pushing on north.