Road Trip!

Many ESL students at Hancock International College may not be as used to spending so many hours in a car, but for Americans—especially Californians—road trips with family or friends are common . Need some ideas about where to go, international students? Check out this article by Grant Marek and Lizbeth Scordo called “The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn’t Know Existed”.

Here are just a few of the places Marek and Scordo mention,

 “The cypress ‘tree tunnel’ – Point Reyes

Located in between the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay (and inside of the Point Reyes National Seashore) you’ll find this Monterey cypress ‘tree tunnel’ that leads to an old Point Reyes wireless telegraphy receiving station built in the 1920s. Doesn’t matter if you catch it with a patch of early morning fog enveloping either end, or with the afternoon light breaking through its interlocked branches, either way, you’ll feel like you’ve won the damn day.

Alamere Falls – Point Reyes

Oh this? It’s just a waterfall. THAT FLOWS DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. A rare ‘tidefall,’ it’s found by following the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead on a 8.5-mile round-trip hike. Pro tip: Stop at Bass Lake along the way if you’re into rope swings. [...]

Bowling Ball Beach – Point Arena

Named after the spherical sandstone creations, which look like bowling balls (and also, just regular balls), Bowling Ball Beach is located way the hell up Hwy 1. [...]

The Glory Hole – Lake Berryessa

The California drought has kinda ruined this one, but when the water levels are right and you’re near the east side of the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa, this open bell-mouth spillway (basically what lets them release flows of dam water into Putah Creek) is one of the coolest things you’ll ever stare into (from a very, VERY safe distance) in your life. Creepy bonus: The lake was the site of one of the Zodiac murders!”

Check out all 28 locations from the article with the URL below!

Full Article: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/los-angeles/most-beautiful-places-in-california-road-trip-ideas-alamere-falls-pfeiffer-beach

Idiom of the Day

To hit the road

Meaning: to get going or start a trip

Example: Let’s hit the road before traffic!