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Big Sur.
Posted on November 16th, 2015 in travel

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“The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears or the sea.” (@ McWay Falls)

It’s impossible to capture the beauty that is McWay Falls in a photograph (we came back three times to try!). It would have been perfect during magic hour, but we opted to test our friendship instead at Pfeiffer Beach. More on that below! Ha.

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Hello, Big Sir (@ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park)

Across from McWay Falls, we stepped into this magical forest where we were happy to have the sun on our face and wood between our legs.

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Beer tastes better when you drink it in a river! Just ask this babe (@ Big Sur River Inn)

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You can find this Spirit Garden, a breakfast pizza that tastes like heaven, donuts topped with more donuts, and most importantly, the only cell phone signal you’ll get for miles and miles here (@ Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant)

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They say that “nepenthe” is a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow… I should’ve had more of these! (@ Nepenthe)

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“It’s only 2.3 miles,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said (@ Pfeiffer Beach)

We wanted to catch the sunset at the beach, but the parking lot was full. We parked on the main road with 40 minutes till sunset and started our 2.3-mile trek. It was all downhill from there (figuratively and literally). I was wearing boots that were def not made for walking! I tried to run in them, and my hip flexor failed me LOL. I arrived just after the sun disappeared below the horizon. Luckily, Shi’s hip flexors worked perfectly fine, so she made it there in time and was able to snap this photo. After the sun set, we had to hike those 2.3 miles back uphill to the car. It was pitch black. Every tree looked like a bear. We were legit scared. And cold. And my phone was dead. We had brought scarves and beanies and portable battery chargers in preparation, but they were all in the car! We are the worst road trip duo ever, and it’s a miracle we made it back home alive! Ha.

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When in Roman pools… (@ Hearst Castle)

A road trip up the California coast isn’t complete without stopping at Hearst Castle for a quick tour and a soft pretzel.

Afterwards, we drove back to LA in the rain and sighed at each and every smogless mile in between. Till next time, Big Sur!


  1. Shi was all like...

    perfectly summed up in sweet bliss! I had a magical time, love! “Jesus, take the wheeeeeel!”

    November 18th, 2015 | #

  2. Shi was all like...

    i just realized you actually looked up the true distance between the 1 freeway and pfeiffer beach. lololol. I’ve got a couple more spots up there that are on my bucket list. We’ll be back!

    November 20th, 2015 | #

  3. alanna was all like...

    So where did you guys actually stay? camping in a tent?

    November 24th, 2015 | #

  4. Min was all like...

    Love these pictures! Looks like you had a great trip. I would have just sent Shi down on her own and waited in the car.

    December 4th, 2015 | #

  5. mayan was all like...

    @shi: all things considered, i had a magical time, too! haha

    @alanna: we actually stayed at an inn near hearst castle about an hour south of big sur in san simeon. everything’s so close together in big sur, so we were able to hit up all these spots in less than a day.

    @min: omg that was my only thought during my hour trek… especially when they opened up the public parking lot at the beach while we were halfway down and cars were zooming past me!

    December 7th, 2015 | #

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