Heading Through the Grapevine

Driving north on the 101, Pacific Coast Highway, is like driving on God’s best-loved roadway. The magnificent blue-green Pacific Ocean on one side, the rugged mountains on the other, and spread out ahead, tranquil blue skies.

Canada de las Uvas, or Tejon Pass in Sierra Nevada, California, 1690 miles west of Missouri River. This is plate 106 in a series of views by Alexander Gardner made in 1867 and 1868 starting in St. Louis, Missouri through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona to San Francisco, California.

Canada de las Uvas, or Tejon Pass in Sierra Nevada, California, 1690 miles west of Missouri River. This is plate 106 in a series of views by Alexander Gardner made in 1867 and 1868 starting in St. Louis, Missouri through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona to San Francisco, California.

We aren’t traveling this road on our San Francisco adventure…instead, we’re driving north on Interstate 5. But that doesn't mean you can't be entertained on this Vibrant Seniors Events adventure!

Heading toward the Grapevine for approximately an hour and a half, we’ll stop for our first meal. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast of turkey sausage, scrambled eggs, southern hash browns, and fruit. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket, snuggle your favorite pillow, and settle in to continue the trip with a happy stomach. We’ll watch one of many classics films chosen for this luxurious road trip.

The Grapevine will test your resolve as it winds to an elevation of 1,499 feet above sea level. The community starts at the mouth of Grapevine Canyon and rises up the canyon to the Tejon Pass, a mountain pass in the Tehachapi Mountains linking Southern and Central California. The village and grade are named for the canyon it passes through; wild grapes that still grow along the original road. Bring some gum to counteract the ear popping and don't look down if you're prone to motion sickness.

Approximately one hour later, we’ll arrive in McFarland, California. McFarland (formerly Hunt and Lone Pine) has an elevation of 354 and as of 2016, a population of 19,044. This city may be small, but did you know it’s the setting and namesake of a Hollywood movie?

McFarland, USA is based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a mainly Latino high school in McFarland, California. The film, released in 2015, stars Kevin Costner as Jim White, the school's coach, who leads the team to win a state championship.

We’ll continue on from McFarland to our lunch and rest stop at Kettleman City’s Bravo Farms, located at Interstate 5 and Highway 41. We’ll indulge in food, wine tasting, “Doc Bernstien’s” ice cream, shopping for antiques, and more. With a two-hour stop, you’ll have plenty of time to stop at the mill house or check out the cheese factory!

Our trip together may not involve the Pacific Coast Highway – but it will definitely involve fun! Can’t wait to hit the road together soon.