July 21, 2002 |
It's always a little sad when the great coast road strays inland. There you are, blasting north on the 101, passing Ventura, passing Santa Barbara, then, sigh, waving goodbye to the shoreline when the freeway veers inland at Gaviota Pass. This landscape is gorgeous too, but the beach is the beach. So it felt a little like cheating one Friday last month when, with Santa Barbara fading in the rearview mirror and the great veer inland just a few miles off, up jumped our destination.