The drive to Big Sur from San Diego is a long 7 hours. In that amount of driving, we could reach Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, or Zion National Park in Utah, but we chose to stay in California. Though I love both Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, but we just spent some days at Zion during the summer hiking. Last spring, we hiked Grand Canyon from rim down to the river. I felt it is about time to listen to Big Sur calling. :) We actually also spent our 2012 thanksgiving vacation in Big Sur. Our memories from 2012 kept on inspiring me to go back to enjoy the wild scenery, and the wildlife.
Why do I love Big Sur? Ahhhh, so many reasons, I will slowly share our experiences, perhaps, they would explain why I love to go back in this paradise again and again.
Anyway, here was our day 1 experience, whales will come later on day 2:
Going back to our drive, after the butterflies and lunch at Pismo Beach, we continued driving North on Highway 1. Before entering Big Sur, we stopped at San Simeon to check the elephant seals.
@ Lucia Lodge, Big Sur
PLACES OF INTEREST MENTIONED IN THIS POST
1. Pismo State Beach - for the wintering butterflies. Each year, from November - February, thousands of monarch butterflies find refuge in the eucalyptus and cypress trees of North Pismo State Beach.
---how to find it: It is past the North Beach Campground at 400 S. Doliver, Pismo Beach, CA. You can't miss it, past the campground, you will see lots of eucalyptus and cypress trees, which has become the BUTTERFLY TREES.
3. Big Sur (our main destination) - Big Sur is a very serene, mostly remote, and mostly natural place. In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Portuguese explorer who discovered California and the west coast said,