On our final afternoon in California, the only sunny day we had during our trip, Bryce and I drove down to Big Sur. It was our first time visiting, and surely won’t be our last. The scenery was just as breathtaking as everyone tells you. Big Sur is a long stretch of very rugged coastline beginning just south of Carmel and is home to the very famous Bixby Bridge.
Unfortunately, after all the rain that week, there’d been a significant landslide blocking Highway 1 about 15 minutes past the town of Posts. This meant we weren’t able to get down to Partington Cove or McWay Falls as we’d hoped. Pfeiffer Beach was also closed due to flooding. That just means we’ll have to return to see what we missed!
The amazing thing about Big Sur, is that just driving through and looking out at the ocean from these green cliffs is enough to satisfy your need for wild, untouched nature. Of course, I’d love to go back and spend a couple of days in the area, camping, hiking and exploring the waterfalls and other sights.
On our way back north to Pacific Grove, we stopped at Nepenthe, a restaurant recommended to us by all. It’s certainly not cheap, but we didn’t expect it to be, seeing as there aren’t a lot of businesses in Big Sur. The view was certainly worth what we paid for the burgers and margaritas though (there’s a photo down below if you need to be persuaded!)
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This (below) was the view from our table at Nepenthe – just otherworldly. *deep romantic sigh*