Alright, so we are heading out to visit relatives late Friday night, 9/13 and plan to rise early, then start trudging North up the PCH toward San Fran. (Note: officially, we'll be driving from Long Beach to Santa Clara, where we have a free hotel lined up) The tentative plan right now is to rise early and hit the road by 6 or 7 AM and go straight to Santa Clara. It should be about an 8 hour drive, which would leave us about 3-4 hours of 'stopping time' with actual daylight. Does this sound ridiculous? Is there way too much to stop and enjoy on the way, or is the drive itself exhilarating enough?
Plan B. would be for my wife and I to fly into San Jose, drive south and then do 17 mile drive while our family drives North and meets us in Santa Clara. Obviously less driving and less cramming, but we'd have to pay for an extra night at a hotel as well as a rental car and we wouldn't get to see where our relatives live in Long Beach (even though it will only be a quick drive through).
Anyway, there are some details...thanks in advance for any feedback you are able to provide!