Pat and I recently spent four days in Big Sur and Los Padres National Forest. It was so nice to get out of San Francisco and spend some time in nature camping in Big Sur!
Of course we took Maddie with us. We stopped in Seaside for a wee break for her. She loves running through the sand! We incidentally spotted two whales playing right off the beach. It’s my first time seeing whales in the wild. It was quite something to see them come out of the water – such massive and amazing creatures.
We also stopped at the Cannery Row Antique Mall in Monterey on the way down. Talk about absolute heaven! Definitely pricier than an outdoor flea market but so many beautiful pieces everywhere! Pat had to drag me away so we could get to Big Sur in time to find a campsite.
Our ‘last meal’ before hiking in to find a camping spot was this gorgeous salad with mixed greens, blue cheese and edamame.
We spent most of our nights camping in Los Padres National Forest. We love national forests for several reasons – camping is free on national forest land and usually the sites are much more scenic and peaceful than a campground that is full of RV’s and noisy travelers. We started at the Mill Creek Trail Head and hiked in for about 15 minutes. The trail lead us to Mill Creek and right next to the creek there was a beautiful flat surface perfect for our tent! We travel with a water filter, so being next to fresh water made this the perfect spot for us.
The only downside to camping in California is that there is poison oak everywhere. Make sure you know what it looks like before doing any hiking in northern California!
Maddie had an absolute blast. With so many bugs to chance and sticks to chew on she would alternate being completely tuckered out.
These gorgeous snaps are from our final campsite at Kirk Creek Campground. This place is a definite gem. It’s quiet, clean and right on the ocean. There is a path that you can walk down the cliffs to the ocean to a majestic rocky beach.
It was also a great place to catch the sunset. I’m just crazy about the lighting in these photos.
And a few more gratuitous doggie photos to wrap up the trip!
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