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The Mystical Big Sur: Best One Day Itinerary

Pfeiffer Beach

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.

Purple Sand

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! 🙂

 

Notice the fog coming inland.

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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Big Sur Bakery

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!

After our coffee stop, we kept driving for another 40 minutes until we finally found the turnout to the monastery (on the left-hand side 25 miles/ 40 minutes from Big Sur Bakery). We drove up the road and stopped at one of the lookouts to enjoy the spectacular view. At this point, the entire Pacific Ocean was completely engulfed by an endless sea of clouds, as far as the eye can see – it was as if you’re sitting right in the middle of heaven. There was no trace of water in sight, only clouds! It was quite an ethereal experience.
       
After enjoying the view, we went back on our way to the Monastary, when my friend – knowing that purple is one of my signs from my baby angel daughter in heaven – pointed out a cluster of purple clouds in the sky that stopped us in our tracks. However, it went away as quickly as it came with just enough time for both of us to see. After our brief pursuit of the purple cloud, on our way back to the car, we noticed a tree standing right next to my car with a sign on it, which we both perceived as another Heavenly sign, a God wink 😉
When we got to the chapel, we were able to catch the Benedictine Monks celebration of Sunday mass. It was very solemn and holy like the rest of the monastery.
Finally, the icing on the cake was unexpectedly  catching one of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life.
The pictures doesn’t do it justice. I tried to post a video which captures its beauty a bit more but the file is too big. If you’d like to see it though, it’s in my instagram account http://www.instagram.com/ameyzelgrace_photography . There’s a little bonus, if you turn on the audio, of two ladies in the background telling a story about a sign one of them received from the Blessed Mother after she was diagnosed with an illness.
It was definitely a day filled with God winks and signs, a truly MAGICAL day which we never would have experienced if we let a little fog get in our way.
Then it dawned on me as I was finishing up with this article that this is actually a lesson that we can all apply in life. If we let a little fog stop us from moving forward, we may never fully realize the magnificence that is waiting for us at our destination, just like my friend and I never would have had that incredible experience at the monastery if we didn’t keep going. So, whatever “fog” your dealing with in life right now, don’t let it stop you from moving forward. In fact, it’s that very same fog that could  transform into something breathtakingly ethereal that will illuminate the unexpected beauty that is waiting on the other side.

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10 Comment

  1. Nin
    March 15, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Enjoyed reading this Meyz! And I especially love the lesson in the end. I’m happy that you got to experience the beauty of that day. You deserve it! Thanks for sharing.💛

    Nin😘

    1. admin
      March 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Nin. I always have a good experience each time I go to Big Sur but last Sunday was especially magical. I wish we could go there together someday. Miss you <3

  2. Samantha
    March 15, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    What a beautiful sunset! My second time to Big Sur I also got to experience the sea fog- it is super magical!

    1. admin
      March 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Isn’t it amazing? We’re so blessed! Such a sight to see…

  3. amanda
    March 16, 2018 at 1:35 am

    I have to take a trip to Big Sur now!! It looks beautiful and I love that you gave recommendations of some food and drink places to go! I hope you post more like this of your travels! I’d love to read more.

    Feel free to check me out at:
    http://blog.becausegirls.com/top-tips-improve-personal-brand/

    1. admin
      March 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful. I have a lot of others I need to write about and I’ll make sure to do the same thing – include the place/business names and a link if available. I checked out your blog and you’re doing a great with it too. Keep up the good work!

  4. Cari
    March 16, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Great job! I have to put Big Sur on my list – why does the list never get smaller?
    I totally agree about not letting the “fog” get you down!

    1. admin
      March 17, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      I agree … and its very true, there’s so much to see! Including Big Sur, you have to put this on your list. And Antelope Canyon in AZ is next on mine! 🙂

  5. Amy Barker
    March 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I love Big Sur. I haven’t been since the early 90s, but it is one of my favorite parts of California. So beautiful!!!

    1. admin
      March 17, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Maybe it’s time to take another trip out here – it’s splendor is patiently waiting for you 😉

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