The Siren Song Of California's Route 1

We packed our bathing suits and hiking boots. We brought plenty of sunscreen, and even rented a red convertible for our drive up California 1, the tortuous, two-lane road that snakes between jagged mountains and crashing surf along the midsection of the coast. We had heard about the unusually warm weather in recent weeks and were looking forward to glorious days and dramatic sunsets. As it happened, we ran smack into one of the worst storms to bash the area this century.

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