We departed at 3am, knowing that because reservations had not been made for a campsite, our best bet was arriving early and snagging one just as the previous inhabitants began to bust a move. We got very lucky, scoring a prime spot at the Limekiln Campground, about two miles south of Lucia. Upon unpacking, we stared at the heap of canvas, tarps, and metal poles lying in front of us like a group of confused puppies. Using both the rapidly increasing hoards of flies and promised sangria as incentive, we quickly defied any "how many girls does it take" jokes by setting up camp (tent included) in about half an hour. Our campground offered access to both the mountains and the beach, so we promptly explored our liminal space, drinks in hand.
|Our own personal babbling brook!|
If you're in the area and feel like stretching your legs, please, please do yourself a favor and hike the Ridge Trail. It's an 8 mile loop trail that leads you through redwood forests, oceanside bluffs, and beaches. The trail-head begins and ends in the Andrew Molera State Park. Trail maps are sold for a dollar in the main entrance kiosk and are definitely worth the investment.
|If you have the urge to see some wildlife in its natural habitat, make a stop to see the elephant seals of Piedras Blancas, located just north of Hearst Castle and San Simeon. They look terrifying, but are actually rather entertaining! |
Oh! Just one tip: Don't plan on buying beer or groceries in Big Sur. This was our first mistake, as 6-packs were selling for $15!!