"'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair,
And the days surround your daylight there.
Seasons crying; no dispair.
Alligator lizards in the air."
-- Dewey Bunnell (America)
Alligator lizards in the air?
Dewey Bunnell, one of the lyricists for the band America, wrote the phrase.
When he was a kid traveling with his family down Highway 1, they got a flat. While his dad was changing the tire, Dewey and his brother were watching the clouds and they noticed several clouds that looked like alligator lizards.
There was a sign on the side of the road that said "Ventura."
Poof! Ventura Highway, where the days are longer, the nights are stronger than moonshine.
Today we took a road trip, driving the roads laced between the Ventura Highway (101) and the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1). They are rural roads, flowing like slow rivers through the Santa Monica Mountains.
We followed the canyons down to the Pacific, only to go to the next canyon and drive back up again.
Encinal Canyon to Kanan.
Winding down Latigo Canyon,
and back up Malibu.
Down Tuna Canyon,
And up Topanga.
It was a beautiful day, a beautiful drive, with beautiful scenery, beautiful music, and The Beautiful Girl.
It's not about how quickly you can get there.
It's about whether or not The Girl is in the car with you.