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Road Trip: Big Sur

Watson School

This quiet and unassuming building is located off the Bodega Highway and within quick driving distance of the Town of Bodega… a cute little area jam packed with surf shops, ice cream and coffee shops, roadside fruit stands, pubs and… Continue Reading →

Old Russian Cemetery

“So, how exactly do you get to the Old Russian Cemetery?” We asked the Parks representative at Fort Ross. You can see the cemetery from the Fort, it is within throwing distance of the chapel, but between the two is… Continue Reading →

Fort Ross

Every time I mention to locals that Russia settled in California in the 1800s, they are shocked. People don’t seem to know about this part of California’s history… everyone knows the Spanish and American stories: of Junípero Serra, the Missions,… Continue Reading →

Sonoma Beach Parks

The drive along the Sonoma coast is just as beautiful as the drive along Big Sur… and there’s much less traffic. As an added bonus, while driving by some of the more popular beaches we noticed there always seemed to… Continue Reading →

McWay Falls

The beauty of McWay Falls is unquestioned and thousands and thousands of people make their way to Julia Pfeiffer Park every year to gaze upon the beach and little stream of water that falls onto the sand. And, if you’re… Continue Reading →

Monterey Aquarium

It’s our fourth aquarium this year… Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta… the experiences are beginning to blur. They all have fish, turtles, frogs, seahorses, sharks, rays, a ray touch pond, a touchable reef, birds, jelly fish, and penguins. The things that… Continue Reading →

Presidio of Monterey

These photos are old. We originally visited the Presidio in Monterey in March 2013… but the photos never made it to the site. Given we spent time in Monterey, it seemed appropriate to resurrect this un-posted post and finally link… Continue Reading →

Monterey

Before California was a part of the United States, and while it was still a territory of New Spain, Monterey was the capital of Alta California, the Northern seat of the Spanish territory known as Las Californias. Like San Francisco… Continue Reading →

Pfeiffer Beach

For a well publicized beach, Pheiffer is surprising quiet… probably because it is off the beaten path and rather difficult to find. Also, many tourists mistakingly head to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park or Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (where… Continue Reading →

Point Sur Lightstation

“This is a three hour walking tour.” The man says looking pointedly at La Niña. “Oh… only three hours? So, this will be easy.” It was valid to check as we entered the park in our car. Five cars had… Continue Reading →

Bixby Bridge

Ahh yes… Bixby Bridge: Built in 1932 during the depression, it’s location along the coastline was chosen because it was cheaper to build a large concrete bridge over natural geography than to go inland and blast/construct one through the mountain… Continue Reading →

The Sea Stacks

Rather than race from recommended place to recommended place along Big Sur, we periodically stopped and simply walked around. During one of these stops we discovered what quickly became known to us as “the Sea Stacks.” Sea stacks are large… Continue Reading →

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