McWay Falls

California, Travel

“Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and LAUGH…”   

We had some visitors in town from DC. We decided to get them away from the city life and reconnect with nature. We took a trip down to the California coast to show them the magic that is Big Sur. If you only have one day to spend in Big Sur, I recommened heading to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which has the breathtaking McWay Falls and also redwoods and canyon hiking with ocean views – all which make up the Big Sur experience. We took the Ewoldsen Trail, a 4.5 loop that first traversed cool and shady scrub underbrush. I loved how the light beams through the magesitc redwood canopy.

DSC_0658 DSC_0661As we contiuned uphill, we would chase glimpses of the beautiful blue water. We saw a group of people coming down and mentioned they just was a condor soaring in the sky, at the top of the canyon. While walking along to ridge at the top of the canyon – I stopped the condor! It had an least an 8ft wingspan with a large white stripe on the underside of its wing. It was a magnificent site! There was a large wildfire in 2008 and burned through a lot of the Big Sur region, you can still see remnants of char, yet these giants have grow through the burns.

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After the hike, we ventured down a 1/2 mile path to see McWay Falls, an 80ft waterfall that drops into the ocean. It’s so beautiful from every angle. The colors of the water are the truest shades of turquoise you will ever see. It is hard not to be entranced my the vibrant water, salty air, serene simplicity. I could really just sit and watch the ocean all day here.

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We stopped to eat at Nepenthe, our all time favorite place with the most remarkable lunchtime views.

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Take Care, Lucia

P.s – You won’t remember that weekend spent watching Netflix – go climb that mountain. Never stop exploring!

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So Much For The City

California, Travel

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The coast was calling and we had to go! We woke up super early Saturday morning and traveled down the Pacific Costal Highway 1 – between the winding foggy mountains and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. If you ever have the chance to take a drive down the PCH – do it! It is absolutely amazing. We headed to Andrew Molera State Park in the northern part of the Big Sur region. We decided on a 9 mile loop traversing a varied amount of terrains – it did not disappoint – the mystical fog, walking along the coastal bluffs – highly recommended!

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Crossing a creek is always fun to begin a hike! We hiked through gorgeous oak groves at the beginning and then went straight uphill for about 2 miles. After the elevation gain, we came to a small redwood forest. Wow! Seeing and touching and experiencing these magnificent giant trees in real life is truly remarkable.

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We finally reached the crest of the mountain – seeing straight down the coast for miles and the foggy mountains behind us was just breathtaking.

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The diverse flora and fauna in California is so fascinating to me! The wildflowers are exotic and brightly colored, it is really fun to learn about!

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Walking along the cliffs of the ocean is just gorgeous, the landscape changed from mountain chaparral to purple needle grass lands. We worked our way down the to ocean. It was so gratifying the climb a mountain, reach the fog, traverse through various terrains and end up at the ocean in just a few hours. Amazing!

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We decided to grab some lunch. Luckily, it happened to be the most beautiful restaurant we have ever been too. Along the PCH, Nepenthe, a family gem tucked away literally on the side of a mountain, with an extraordinary history.

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We ate at Cafe Kevah part of Nepenthe which serves brunch, it was delicious! This place is highly recommended for family, dates, out of town guests, or anytime visiting in Big Sur. Stunning scenery and great views, nothing better.

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A stop at the famous Bixby Bridge is a must – the shades blues of the water are stunning!

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Take Care,  Lucia

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