My first weekend back in California, I received an awesome birthday gift - the chance to hop in a truck with the bf and hit the road from the greater Sacramento area south to Big Sur. After living in Northern California for nearly two years, I hadn't yet made it to the iconic location (or seen much of Highway 1, for that matter) so to say I was excited would be an understatement.
The photos below are from a trip in late October - and despite two nights of camping in the rain (which was actually a pretty fun experience) the weather cooperated beautifully each day, with perfect temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The fall date also meant the roads weren't quite as crowded, and there wasn't any fog in sight.
We spent the weekend camping in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, grabbing morning coffee and pastries on the patio at Big Sur Bakery, driving up and down the coast on Highway 1, scrambling out on the boulders at Rocky Point, walking down by the water at Andrew Molera State Park, drinking and eating perhaps more than is advisable, hitting the road less traveled on the Old Coast backroad (more on that later), and of course, taking a ton of photos.
I've been living in California for nearly two years now, and still can't stop taking pictures of ice plants (above). I've seen huge mats of the flowering plant from Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to the Sonoma and Mendocino Coasts, and along the cliffs of Big Sur. I have to admit that I stepped on a bunch of it while exploring during this weekend adventure, and was feeling pretty guilty about it until I learned that the Ice Plant (aka the Highway Ice Plant, aka Hottentot Fig) is an invasive species that dominates space all along the California Coast. I feel less bad now.
Happy cows come from California. Photos taken by myself and Alexander Levin.