Growing up on the west coast has provided many luxuries that I have probably taken for granted. Driving up Highway 101 has been a dream of mine for years now but I had never just dropped everything and went because it's always there and I will eventually have time. This time I actually went and what I learned was:
- Seven days isn't enough time
- Camping or sleeping in your car is the best way to go
- Never make reservations
- Going just once in a lifetime just isn't enough
Hopefully I'll have many more chances to drive up (or down) the coast again. More so, I hope I take those chances over and over because there’s not much that is more beautiful than the west coast. I-5 may get you from one location to another very quickly, but the 101 lets you meander and revel in the beauty of our world.
But first, fried chicken.
Yountville was a little out of the way in terms of driving up the coast but the detour was worth it to eat Thomas Keller’s famous fried chicken at his restaurant Ad Hoc. The timing was good too since it was only served on Mondays. They sat us in the corner of the restaurant, which I thought was a great spot for lighting. However, they sat ALL the minorities at the corners of the restaurant. Coincidence? What is your game Thomas Keller? I’ll have to see if this seating habit becomes a pattern by stuffing my face with the best fried chicken several more times.
After dinner was the perfect time to catch the sunset over many of the wineries in the area. Wineries that may not be there anymore due to the recent wild fires. I was lucky to be there when I was, not knowing that something I assumed would always be there, would one day be gone. If you take anything from this, it’s that you should take the opportunity to go somewhere when you can because you never know when it will be gone. My heart (and money) goes to out to the people of California who have to see everything around them burn to ashes. At least I got to see what is was and I will soon see how they rebuild it.