Highway 166 (5 photos)

On the second day of our roadtrip in late April, we left the central coast region and drove inland. We went east on Highway 166, which connects Highway 101 with Interstate 5. This drive leads through a really astonishing landscape.

The whole area felt like what I imagine “the old west” would be like, from childhood stories that we read, and movies that we watched. Cowboys, and Indians! Today, it’s mostly cowboys – there are a lot of cow pastures in this vast, relatively arid, empty landscape. A stark contrast to the greener landscapes closer to the coast. I gave the photos a somewhat aged black & white look to support that feeling.

Our plan for the day was to drive through Carrizo Plain from south to north (which includes a good part of dirt road, ie. slow going), and then continue to Paso Robles. I had not anticipated that the scenery along Highway 166 would be so beautiful, and we didn’t stop a lot on the drive to make photos, but just enjoyed the scenery from the car. In hindsight, that was a mistake – we should have stopped more along Highway 166, which was actually much more fascinating than Carrizo Plain at the this time of the year.

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