Roadschooling East to West – Up the Pacific Coast Highway

boats in the harbor

We’re reaching the end! After leaving Hollywood we drove over to Malibu to start our drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s the first time I’d seen the Pacific Ocean from the continent!

We took two days to drive up the highway and reach our destination. Ocean, mountains, valleys, farms, wildlife, we saw it all! I’ll just post pictures and explain a bit along the way.

The drive to Malibu

Malibu canyon
Malibu Canyon
Malibu Canyon 2
More Malibu Canyon
First view of the Pacific
First view of the Pacific!

We’re in Malibu!

Malibu Barbies
Malibu Barbies!

Driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway. People pull off almost anywhere and head to the water.

View along the Pacific Coast Highway
Right off the Highway
Watching the Pacific Ocean
Admiring the power
beautiful view of the Pacific along the PCH
beautiful views

One of the places we stopped at was an elephant seal resting ground. They would flip sand on themselves to stay cool.


The male elephant seals were practicing their territorial fighting

male elephant seals fighting
They’re adolescent males practice fighting
Elephant seals fighting 3
They make grunting noises
Elephant seals fighting 2
They do this to learn how to defend their territory during mating season

As we drove farther north (and probably higher in elevation) we experienced the fog I so often hear about. This next picture was taken as we were reaching our stopping point for the evening. The picture after that was in the morning.

Fog rolling in on the PCH
Fog rolling in
Low clouds in the morning on the PCH
Low clouds in the morning
Coastal Range on the Pacific
Coastal Range and fog
Fog against the mountain
Fog against the mountain

As we drove along my husband saw a whale in the ocean. We pulled off where several people were already watching them. There were birds around the same area, so there was obviously a school of something yummy they all wanted.

Whales in the Pacific
Whale blow hole
blow hole

As the day wore on the fog burned off, and maybe we were lower in elevation?

Destination sign on the PCH
Destination ahead!

There is a lot of farmland along the PCH. Animals and plants. There is a drought in California right now, but the farmland was still so beautiful.

Farmland along the PCH
Farmland on the PCH
More Farmland

The coast is dotted not only by farmland, but harbor towns. Similar to New England, with milder weather and different architecture. So picturesque!

boats in the harbor
boats in the harbor

Well, that’s it for our Roadschooling/moving trip!

  • Around 5,800 miles
  • 18 states
  • four time zones
  • four of the five biomes
  • seven of the eight ecoregions in the US
  • not as much schooling as I would have hoped, but the girls still learned so much

And it won’t stop now that we’re in our new town. We will continue to explore and experience and learn!

Hope you enjoyed the trip with us! Keep checking back to see what we get ourselves into in the next several months.

    Not So SAHM

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I'm a photographer and homeschooler Dream = travel blogger. We move around every couple of years. That's fine, I love seeing different parts of our great country and the world. Great things: Jesus, traveling, photography, eating, sewing, scrapbooking, reading, shopping...not necessarily in that order.

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