springtime in big sur

Big Sur is rugged, majestic, breathtaking, and awe inspiring, but it is never more beautiful than in the Spring.  The grass is green from the winter rains, and poppies and wild flowers bloom with abandon up and down the coast.

Here is a pictorial trip from two magical weeks spent in this slice of heaven.  Photos are my own or taken by my talented daughter, Kelsey Burns.

Springtime in Big Sur
Vista from Highway 1  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Wisteria draped arbor at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn      Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Deetjen’s   Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Sand Dollar Beach
Springtime in Big Sur
Fog and surf at Sand Dollar Beach
Springtime in Big Sur
The A-frame house, Wild Bird seen from Highway 1
Springtime in Big Sur
The trail to Partington Cove
Springtime in Big Sur
The tunnel under the mountain leading to the cove…
Springtime in Big Sur
A sea of clovers Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Aquamarine water at Paradise Cove
Springtime in Big Sur
The view from Lucia Lodge restaurant is one of the best as are the fish and chips!
Springtime in Big Sur
Mountain pinks and poppies brighten even the foggiest day
Springtime in Big Sur
Cotton candy skies
Springtime in Big Sur
Rosé and an endless blue ocean  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Grasses and wildflowers along Highway 1 Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
A Nepenthe Ambrosia burger is a must on every visit…   Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
McWay Falls is always a sight!  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Springtime in Big Sur
Pull off almost any part of Highway 1, and you will see beauty
Springtime in Big Sur
The bright yellow of mustard seed is prolific this time of year
Springtime in Big Sur
Night falling over Big Sur
Springtime in Big Sur
Until next time…

 

 

looking at the bright side

Being an optimist doesn’t mean I always think things are rosy.  Two weeks of a giant wildfire terrorizing your community and neighboring towns clearly isn’t a good thing.  But acknowledging the fear (yes, there was a lot of fear and worry), and then trying not to dwell on something I couldn’t change was a daily struggle.  I tried to see the bigger picture.  I saw tremendous acts of caring and giving from people just wanting to help.  And don’t even get me started on the first responders and firefighters.  After being out of my home for 12 days and still under mandatory evacuation, an officer guarding our road escorted me to the house and helped me grab a few things and make sure everything was secure.  When I broke down in tears as the stress of the past few days caught up with me, he said,” I’m not supposed to do this”, and gave me a hug.  That act of kindness will be something I will always remember. We owe so much to these brave men and women… Continue reading

going back in time in big sur…

Months ago, I had planned a trip to Big Sur when my parents would be visiting me in Santa Barbara.  Our daughter and a friend were coming too.  Nature had other ideas.  With one of the wettest winters on record  (over 80″ of rain) and five years of drought, the damage was severe.  Mudslides, rockslides, and the loss of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge cut a major part of the beautiful Highway 1 and Big Sur off from the rest of the world. Continue reading

bittersweet Big Sur visit

I just arrived home from a few days with a dear friend in Big Sur.  Frankly, I wasn’t sure we were even going to be able to go as a huge fire was roaring through parts of the region. The fire started on July 22 by an illegal campfire in one of the state parks. As of this writing, it has consumed over 79,000 acres and is 60% contained.  It will be weeks before it is completely under control.  It has cost a life and destruction of 57 buildings.  All of the parks in the area are closed and the few businesses that are open are struggling. A big thank you to Big Sur Kate and her blog which was a wealth of information. Continue reading

New Adventures in and around Big Sur

What a crazy, fun filled few days I had with my daughter in Big Sur.  We were celebrating her birthday but needed no excuse to explore this amazing part of our country.  Most often we stay two nights at my brother-in-laws ranch, and with such limited time we tend to stay close by.  With 385 acres to wander, we are never bored.  But with the gift of four nights, we expanded our horizons to some new places, and of course a few of our tried and true favorites. Continue reading