Wednesday, September 27, 2006

weekend in big sur

My friends and I spent the weekend at big sur. We camped one night at Big Sur Campground. Unlike a lot of camgrounds, this one was in the midst of towering redwoods and it was truly a spectacular experience waking up and seeing the sunlight filtering through branches and coastal fog. The campground also had hot showers and even a playground for kids. Simon's coworker who made the reservation said that the premium sites by the river were booked 5 years in advance so plan ahead if you want to stay at the same place :)

Big Sur is along California's central coast just south of Carmel and Monterey. Mid september is our summertime and the weather didn't disappoint. It was high 70s, low humidity, and clear skies all around. We drove down saturday morning, pitched our tent and then went on a couple of hikes in Julia Pfeiffer state park.

the first one was Pfeiffer Falls which is around a mile roundtrip and ends at a nice 60 foot waterfall:

The second trail we went on is Valley View which had a nice view of the valley. That one was about a mile or so:

The last one we did was Buzzard's roost which is around 5 miles round trip. It starts with a nice walk along the big sur river

and then climbs up to around 800 ft at the summit. The path to the summit was quite overgrown so we had to squeeze past some chapparal. There was actually an old shed up there and also a some rock outcroppings to sit on. Here's the view west toward the the pacific ocean:

View east toward the Santa Lucia mountains:

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