Driving The Big Sur - the long and winding road

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July 4th 2014
Published: July 4th 2014
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Enjoying rock climbing
Today’s adventure takes us far away from the city and the tourists and lands us in the wild, rugged, unpopulated wilderness coastline of Central California...The Big Sur!

First stop is Point Lobos State Reserve which encompasses coves, headlands, meadows, tide pools, and the nation’s first undersea ecological reserve, with kelp forests. The incredible view was being captured by a group of painters. Here we met Stan, a knowledgeable, witty, local who told us all about the animals and vegetation in the area.

After driving thru the Carmel Highland, where impressive houses perch on granite cliffs above the sea, we reached the Big Sur coastline. This is an exhilarating driving experience, a twisting cliff hugging drive along the Central California coast. Every hairpin turn discloses another beautiful vista high above the ocean and bridges cross narrow, deep canyons. Below, waves are beaten to a white froth on rugged rocks.

We journeyed off the beaten path driving mile-after-mile down a one-lane country road through a redwood grove to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. An incredibly beautiful hidden cove, where the surf roars through arched rocks and the wind whips the white powdery sand into
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treasures from the sea
a frenzy.

After poking along the shoreline, we stopped for lunch at Nepenthe, an indoor-outdoor restaurant perched 800 feet above the sea and famous for its views.

At dusk, we final arrived at our destination in Cambria.

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relaxing after our exhausting search
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Stan, our local guide
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capturing the beauty
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taking a snooze on the rocks
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Incredible views
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relaxing at a vista point
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hugging the cliff
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Frothy white water waves
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Famous bridge depicted in several earthquake movies
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windy...don't stand too close to the edge!
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view high atop the mountainous road
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Powdery white sand
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waves crashing through the rocks

Dining in a quaint restaurant high atop the cliffs

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