Last Sunday, started like any other Sundays in my neck of California. Woke up, had breakfast and got my daughter ready for a day with her dad (they went quad riding at Pismo Beach… I wanna try that!). We had already gone to church the day before so I pretty much had the rest of the day to myself. I called a girlfriend and in the spur of the moment, we decided to go wine tasting at Carmel Valley. On our way there – living up to the “spontaneous theme” of the day – I suggested why not drive further out to Big Sur since it was such a gorgeous, sunny day!
For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit yet, Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking places on earth! It’s in my top favorite places on the planet! It used to be my number one … until I visited Yosemite – but that’s a whole other topic that deserves a blog of its own and nothing less.
So back to Big Sur, if you love nature and the ocean, you will for sure fall in love with this place … from its panoramic coastal views, unusual purple beach, bountiful hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and adventure filled national parks, its no wonder people seek it out on their coastal drive. It’s a definite California must see! Artists have even made movies and songs about it (shout out to Alanis Morissette. Hey girl, I totally get you!) – when you get a chance to visit, you’ll understand why.
It truly holds a special place in my heart, not only for its stunning beauty, but more so because of its ability to deeply connect me to the Divine and for being a tranquil refuge when my spirit needs to recharge. As expected, Big Sur did not disappoint this past weekend. In fact, it surpassed our expectations – we ended up having the most mystical and magical visit thus far- definitely one for the books … and blog! 🙂
We kept heading up Highway 1 towards Big Sur- the sun was at its zenith shining brightly down on the coastline – but it was odd because at middafternoon this thick mass of fog started coming inland from the ocean (pics from here onward are all from last Sunday’s trip). We thought (at first) that this was going to be a hindrance to our day especially because there’s a Benedictine Monastery, the Camaldoli Hermitage – which I’ve been wanting to visit for sometime now – that’s farther up the mountain. I’ve seen gorgeous pictures of it and have always wanted to go, so we decided that day was the perfect opportunity. So we set out for the monastery and other stops along the way. The first of our stops was the famous Bixby Bridge, where fog was quickly thickening when we arrived.
It started coming inland towards the bridge. And everyone who stopped to watch in awe was saying how weird and mysterious it was, others thought it was kind of eerie – I beg to differ. We were still a ways away from the monastery. We had a good hour ahead of us – that coupled with a winding road was a tad bit intimidating to drive so we were somewhat reluctant about still going (I promise there’s a point in the jibber jabber in the end). But since we’ve driven that far, we thought might as well keep going – which I’m mighty glad we did!
So we kept driving. Made a few more stops to enjoy the progression of the fog and scenery. By then, it looked like a big giant white comforter was hovering over the ocean concealing its blue and green hues. We took more pics of this incredible cloud-like formation that eventually covered our vantage point of the Pacific Coast.
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We made one more stop, at Big Sur Bakery. A little side note: if you happen to be in Big Sur, you have to check out this bakery. It’s my favorite one in the area (actually the only one I know, hehe). But really, it’s this quaint little cafe with a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. They also have tables outside if you just want to enjoy the sound of the happy birds chirping, or smell the inviting redwood trees or the lingering sweetness of petrichor after a rain shower, and feel the sun’s kiss on your face. The baristas are super nice and friendly, too, plus their pastries are bomb! And they have an assortment of spices to add to your tea – my friend’s tea had the most soothing and calming aroma to it…mmmm… I can almost still smell it. They’re a little pricey, but hey, it’s worth the Big Sur experience!