California Coastal Road Trip (Part 03): Big Sur
We were on our way to Big Sur and ready to experience all of its natural beauty. We made a point to mark some stops along the way like Moonstone Beach which was covered gorgeous pebbles of all different earth tone colors. We also tried to get into Hearst Castle but did not succeed. We had just missed a tour and there wasn't going to another for awhile. We decided it was more important to keep exploring than to wait in a lounge.
Right before we hit Big Sur, we made sure to stop at the Ragged Point Inn Restaurant to take in some views and enjoy some lunch. There were a few paths around the inn that we wandered around but we knew we wanted to get to the good stuff in Big Sur. So along the windy road we continued.
This was by far the most gorgeous part of the road trip with never ending ocean and mountain views and the ocean splashing against the coast. We stopped along the way at every opportunity possible and walked down trails to connect with the beautiful views. There is something really special about Big Sur and I am not sure if we realized it until we had to leave. Once you got into Big Sur, you were truly off the grid. At first it was such an odd feeling to us, we are so used to having the convenience of cell service or wifi, but it got us to connect with each other without any distractions. Though we did buy some jacks to play. To say the least, Brittany was awful at them.
There was one spot were we got the littlest amount of cell service though to map and plan our days, The Big Sur Bakery where we enjoyed a few good meals. Not only was it a great spot to connect, but the food was absolutely delicious!
We eventually hit our resting point for the night in an Airbnb apartment near Pfeiffer Beach. The "Sugar Shack' apartment was perfect for our stay. It was clean, simple, and had a tree growing through the floor of the outdoor kitchen. What more could you ask for? And our hosts were extremely kind and welcoming. They left us fresh fruit and yogurt for the morning from their garden. We felt like we had it made.
After dropping some stuff off, we headed down to the beach. Unfortunately, during our stay, the weather was unseasonably cold so we did not spend too much time at the beach. Pfeiffer Beach is known for its purple sand though which was cool to see. I wasn't really sure what to expect knowing this but the color gently and beautifully runs through the sand.
On our second day in Big Sur, we headed out to drive more along the coast to explore before stopping for lunch at Cafe Kevah. There we took in the gorgeous views and some really great food. We highly recommend going there. They also have a full restaurant and shop full of really unique goods.
After lunch, we got back on the road to go hike through Andrew Molera State Park where you can see The Big Sur River meet Andrew Molera Beach. The hike provided us with more breathtaking views and it felt good to trek through the woods. We even came within a few feet of a young mountain lion. We had just got back from doing one trail and were going to go down another to see if we could get closer to the beach and it just casually walked right across the path in front of us. While we are definitely lucky, it was really incredible to see. I just wish I wasn't in such shock so I could have taken it in better.
After our hike, we headed back to clean up and grab dinner again at the Big Sur Bakery. With the day ending and the sun setting, we decided to go for one last drive around to watch the day end. It was completely worth it and relaxing. Its moments like these that make us feel alive.
The next morning, we grabbed our last bite at Cafe Kevah. That's a spot we will forever miss but it was time to head on to Carmel and San Fransisco where our trip would come to an end.