The Zebras Hang Out By The Motel 6

9:00 PM Clare Dreyfus 0 Comments

Welcome to the chronicles of a road trip across the country in a 2004 Land Rover (or Frank the Tank) that sometimes needs to be turned on, then turned off, then turned back on again just to start.

The goal is to get from San Francisco to Nashville in time for school. The route is the California 1 and Route 66.

If anyone ever starts to question whether California really IS the best state, all they need to do is drive down California 1. Queue earth porn pics:

Need I say more?

After taking in the coastal sights (with the million tourists also taking in those same sights), we headed to Hearst Castle (with the million tourists also headed to Hearst Castle).

Hearst Castle is a giant estate built by millionaire William Randolph Hearst on the top of the hills of San Simeon, California in the 1930s.

The views were absolutely phenomenal:

And the insides extravagant:

However, the most exotic thing about the place had to be the animals that Hearst once kept on his property, from polar bears to buffalo to zebras.

In fact, APPARENTLY there are still zebra that roam free on the cattle ranch. As a native California who had never heard of these practically WILD zebra roaming around the California coast, I was 100% positive the tour guide was joking when he mentioned this tidbit of info. My suspicions of this practical joke were made even stronger when he casually mentioned that the zebras like to hang out by the Motel 6. WHAT.

Despite these disbeliefs and my constant shushing of Austin about the "zebras," as we drove away from the castle and past the Motel 6....BAM. ZEBRAS.

Unfortunately my good camera was dead from taking Hearst Castle photos (lame) so this is the best iPhone shot we could get. But I promise you. They are zebras, running free on the California Coast.

I swear I even saw a cattle + zebra hybrid. Anything is possible in my eyes now.

That's all for now but before we part I will leave you with this photo we found on Austin's phone.

What a keeper.