3,300 miles… The Journey from Coast to Coast – Part Three…

When I ended the last slide show, we were at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on the edge of Nevada (Part Two).

Nevada was hot! We loved the terrain, but the towns – not so much. Just my opinion, but I felt the casino-ness at every stop cheapened the place. The views were lovely, I just didn’t like making stops for gas and food. I was cranky by the time we were closing in on Reno, we’d been on the road for nearly 8 hours and I really didn’t want to stay in Nevada. We checked out the map, I decided it was worth it to me to drive an additional two hours to get to Sacramento. I called and made a reservation and then canceled my Reno reservation and then we got back out on the road.

WOW! California is gorgeous… I mean, GORGEOUS! As my taste-tester says, It’s like someone turned on the ‘pretty switch’. We were greeted by the Sierra-Nevada mountains, and if you ever get the chance you MUST see this area, it does not disappoint. I was not able to take pictures, and if you look at it from google maps street view those pictures were taken in the winter, which is pretty also, but not the summer view I experienced. My spirits were brightened and I was so glad we decided to keep driving that day. Along the highways, instead of wild flowers or unmowed grass there are these bushes full of flowers, Rhododendrons, maybe? (does anyone know?) Absolutely Beautiful and very welcoming.

Once we got to Sacramento, we ate at Boston Market, they had a side dish plate, I got four sides (mashed potatoes (w/o gravy), green beans, mixed veggies, and corn) w/ cornbread. We were so tired and hungry that I didn’t take a picture. It was pretty good, except the cornbread. It tasted like pure sugar, no flavor to it really. But we were hungry and ate it anyway. Then totally crashed for the night.

The next morning we could take our time, because Pacifica was only two hours away now. So we lounged around as much as we could bear, I mean, Pacifica was waiting for us and we wanted to spend more time there. We rolled into Pacifica around 2ish. Our hotel room wasn’t ready yet, so we parked the cars and walked straight to the beach…

Little-bit wondering why the light is so bright…

The ocean in all it’s glory… this is what makes it all worth it…

For dinner, I went over to Nick’s… it’s been around since 1927… I had some things in mind when I went there to make my to-go order, but wouldn’t you know it they had changed the menu that day… so I got what they suggested that was similar to what I was going to order originally… Greek salad, Chicken Breast Salad w/o Chicken – the one with the mandarin oranges and grapes (instead of Honey Mustard Salad w/
Apples, Pears, Mandarin Oranges, and Almonds), Eggplant Napoleon (instead of Eggplant Parmesan), Portobello Sandwich (instead of a veggie burger – which they claimed they took off the menu b/c is tasted like ‘cardboard’)…

Overall, we liked the salad with the fruit best, the sandwich, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies were pretty good and, of course, the fries were good. The Napoleon was ok and we didn’t have any room for the Greek salad so we saved it for another day. As leftovers, the Greek salad was ok, it probably would have been better the first day.

Then the beach after dinner… Little-bit’s first touching of the ocean… it kind of came up on him, startled him, and drenched him… I’m not sure he’s a fan… we’ll have to work on that 😉 …

For breakfast, I went back to Nick’s and it totally made up for the so-so dinner. As I’ve stated before, I LOVE waffles… so I got one blueberry topped one and one strawberry topped one… on the side is syrup, whipped cream, and butter (and orange juice). At first we just did butter and syrup, but the whipped cream really made this awesome (obviously, not vegan)… we shared by eating half of each…

Then we went into town to stock up on more squirrel food. We decided to check out the Whole Foods in San Mateo… oh, my! how pretty! This is the area surrounding the grocery store and shops… I could totally live in this apartment complex (yes they do allow dogs 😉 )… wanna play Name that Plant? (Pam?)…

My purchases…

*Oh, yeah! We decided to take the scenic path back to the hotel… it takes a bit longer, but if you are ever in the San Mateo area, take highway CA-84 West toward hwy CA-1… ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING! It was a really windy* path surrounded by redwood trees… we could smell the trees and it was wonderful! I had a great time driving the windy road, my taste-tester said that if I had any idea the drops that I was near I may not… but that just goes to show that my fear is completely irrational, when I didn’t know, I enjoyed myself.

*Apparently wind – to coil is the same word as wind – air moving… I mean, to coil… it was a curvy road.

For dinner, I went to Ristorante Portofino (Italian)… we love Italian food and it is usually really easy to find vegetarian food at an Italian restaurant. I ordered to-go, Insalata Greca (Greek salad – better than Nick’s), Gnocchi alla Pomodoro (Potato Dumplings in a Tomato Sauce) – my favorite of the night, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca (Garlic, Tomatoes, Onions, Capers and Olives), and for dessert Mixed Berry Cake (Fragrant short pastry filled with Chantilly cream, decorated with a rich assortment of the finest blueberries, blackberries, red currants, raspberries, and strawberries.) Mouth-full YUM YUM YUM… we really liked this place, too bad we didn’t stay longer to try out more on the menu…

The next morning, we had instant oats because we’d been eating out a bit too much and our bodies wanted something casual (no picture). Little-bit and I took a potty break walk earlier in the day and I took these…

The view from our hotel room…

After breakfast, we went walking around Pacifica and took LOTS of pictures, I still need to weed out the good ones. So that will have to wait until the next installment of the slide show.

I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of the slide show! 🙂

Until next time…
~nic

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2 thoughts on “3,300 miles… The Journey from Coast to Coast – Part Three…

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