It’s was spring break for my kids this week, and we decided to take a little road trip. Living in Northern CA there is plenty to see and do close to home, and the rains this year have made the hills green again and beautiful to look at during the drive.
This year our family decided to spend a couple days in Big Sur, CA, located about two hours south of San Francisco, on the coast of Central CA. I’ve been to Big Sur many times and have to say that it is one of my favorite places on this earth. Big Sur is relatively unspoiled. There are no urban areas, just a gas station, some restaurants and a few motels. Henry Miller spent time writng here in the 1940’s, and the Henry Miller Library is located in Big Sur as well as Esalan, the retreat center and hot springs. We did not take the kids to Esalan, but I want to go back to check out one of the amazing workshops on Mindfulnessor just enjoy the healing hot springs.
With the kids we spent most of your time hiking, checking out the waterfalls that are running full force, and hanging out at Pfieffer State beach. The sand is actually purple in spots, That’s right. Purple. Sand. Needless to say, that was a big hit with the kids. We had fun just driving up Highway 1 where you can pull over at a variety of Vistas and park your car. We even got a glimpse of a whale making its trip back north to Alaska during one stop. Big Sur has been a truly a spiritual experience where we surrounded ourselves with nature and, oh, those views.