Road Trip: Central California4:38:00 PM
I was in need of a getaway, life has been hectic and it was time to escape, plus I had a story to shoot up in Bakersfield about the Padre Hotel. I am driving the new Ford Fiesta, the perfect sized car for a solo road trip, with a big trunk and good gas mileage for that long haul up the I5.
The car was new with just 10 miles on the odometer, I had no real schedule but just needed to be in Bakersfield by that afternoon so I could check into the Padre Hotel. I had also arranged to meet with a few local models to photograph for LostCalifornia.com's fashion section.
|Central Valley crops|
|Padre Hotel, Bakersfield|
|Model Brooke Dunstan|
I connected with Brooke and her boyfriend for a quick photo shoot around the historic downtown, once they left I spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos of the hotel and arts district before heading to a local noodle restaurant.
|Model Blanca Caevero|
The next morning I met with Blanca, another local model who was also a history major at BSU. We talked history and shot a set of photos which you can see HERE. After the shoot I checked out and made my way towards Fresno by way of Visalia.
|B17 in Tulare, California|
Along the way just off the highway in Tulare is a B17 Flying Fortress and a F4 Phantom, both on display near the old Tulare Field air strip. When you see a B17 you can almost walk right up to, you pull over and check it out.
So far the Fiesta was doing well, I hadn't even used half a tank of gas yet and it was super comfortable, however, just give yourself space if you are planning on merging into faster moving traffic as it's not a drag racer by any means. There wasn't much to see in Fresno so I decided to push out towards the coast and stay the night in the winery town of Paso Robles.
|Old Farm truck now used to hold up a billboard advertising Hearst Castle|
Paso Robles is a town known for it's wine, rodeo, and California cowboy culture. It is also a just about 30 miles from the ocean making it an amazing place to relax. I went on my Priceline app when I got to town and found a good rate at the local Best Western.
|Porsche 944, parked in Paso Robles|
|Morro Rock, Morro Bay, California|
|Fiat 500, Morro Bay, California|
|Datsun Pickup, Morro Bay, California|
|This Zombie fighting Corvette had a fake machine gun mounted on the roof.|
|MOPAR power on the beach at Morro Bay.|