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Originally uploaded by sgharms.

While I bought my new car a few weeks ago, weather (rain) and other obligations (moving into new apartment) have prevented me from taking my first real geniuine road trip.

On Saturday, we grabbed our coats and sweaters and hit 17 south towards Santa Cruz. It was a real thrill to drive through that speedy and windy pass with something that has the ability to climb the hill with a certain level of verve.

We then picked up the Pacific Coast Highway (or, PCH if you live here) and headed on down to Monterey. I had been planning on just stopping in downtown Carmel but then we saw the exit for the 17 mile drive.

I had never heard of it, but it seemed like a nice drive. We pulled off the highway and wound up following the path down to Pebble Beach.

It was a great drive, leisurely, with many scenic vistas. I think we’ll have to go back down again soon!