“People line up to receive. She got the power in her hand, to shock you like you won’t believe.” Electric Feel – MGMT
The most perfectly beautiful sight imaginable. Nothing compares to this.
Because of the recent flop at Yosemite we decided to make the most out of our mini trip and drive down to Big Sur, CA.
“Big Sur is located along Scenic Highway One approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Historically, the name Big Sur was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lays along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called El Sur Grande, The Big South. Today, Big Sur refers to that 90-mile stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north of San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast.” – http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
There are quite a bit of pull-offs on Hwy 1. The first place we stopped was in Carmel. You must understand that I have NEVER, in real-time/real life seen anything like this before. I have seen mountains, I have seen oceans, but I have never seen mountains/rocky cliffs and oceans together! It doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal, but when you’re standing there, at a very high peak looking down at crashing waves, it is definitely something to awe over. You start to understand how small and miniscule you are compared to the world and this nature that we’re inhabiting. I realized how powerful she is just by comparing my size to her. I felt very small standing there but had great admiration and wonder for her beauty.
As the information above described, this hwy IS extremely curvy/windy. With the recent problem I had at Yosemite (see recent post https://1000leaguesbetween.com/2015/05/27/some-adventures-are-not-to-be/ for info) this had no comparison. It doesn’t really reach incredible heights, it only rises in elevation in little spots along the way and then descends right after. My fear comes from CONSTANT rising and being very high in the air with no guard rails and tiny two-way roads.
So as we’re driving we’re getting closer and closer to what I can only assume is something awesome. Why would they attract tourists to a place called, “Big Sur” if there was nothing there to see? I was so taken aback by what I saw that I can’t even describe it.
This is something you cannot describe. I had never seen this before. I live on flat land; the land of the pine. I live in a place that is absolutely beautiful but the, “awe” affect doesn’t really happen. (See https://1000leaguesbetween.com/2015/05/06/tic-marks/ post for a visual of my home) I would say that my jaw dropped because I had never seen anything like this and that is somewhat true, however the jaw drop is because plain and simple, it’s a jaw dropper for ANYONE from anywhere.
As we drove farther, the beauty just continued.
You start to see the beach area when you ride further along.
I know you all saw that pic of my parents and I earlier. I know you’re also probably picking on me because I used a “selfie stick” to take our picture with! LOL well it’s EXTREMELY efficient but apparently I’m not in the selfie stick business by myself.
HAHAHAHA, it’s so funny to watch but very helpful! Haha, I can’t stop laughing from looking at them and then thinking about how we look doing it. LOL It doesn’t matter though. I would rather look silly and get great shots to share with all of you than be embarrassed and not do it at all.
If you’re ever in California, PLEASE visit this place. It’s worth drive. 🙂
Has anyone been to Big Sur?
7 thoughts on “Big Sur”
Super pics again, but there is that big guy behind you again. Is he following you??
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Yes! He just kept following us but I figured we would let him along being he so sweet and everything 😉
so beautiful! I can not wait to finally join you!!!! ❤
Did you know that Clint Eastwood was once Mayor of Carmel? How funny..I read about that just today. Beautiful pictures!
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OMG NO!! I did not know that Victoria. I just told my whole family about that. Lol neat!
Did you go through Watsonville CA? It is almost straight west of Fresno and along the coast. I used to have some friends there and we went and visited them once. It was amazing driving there….that was ages ago, back around 1970…. We lived in Hanford and my X was stationed in Lemoore! Loved the farmers markets they had, you could get a huge bunch of bananas for 1.00 and Casaba melons….loved them. Glad you enjoyed that area. Maybe someday you can go back to Yosemite and face your fears and find that it doesn’t scare you as bad.
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Oh cool! No we didn’t go to Watsonville. I would like to go back to CA and maybe then I can check that out! Yeah I think the more experience I get with mountainous regions the easier it will be! Poor Uncle Roger, I feel his pain! Lol