Hiking in Big Sur

Only I can manage to spend two days of my week off in Big Sur with two early-twenty-somethings. Got a call on Sunday night asking about doggy daycare, which turned into an invitation to go hiking.

Drove down to Big Sur on Monday morning. Spent the afternoon hiking around Andrew Molera State Park. HIked about three miles. It was pretty flat. Went down to the beach. Saw horses and lots of sea gulls. Sun came out for a little while. I soaked my pants while trying to cross a stream. On the way back, we missed a turn and were quite close to the parking lot. It was 16:30 and the sun was going to go down in the next half hour or so. The question was—do we go on ahead and hope that we can cross the stream with the possibility that we may have to double back, or do we just quit now? No one wanted to be responsible for the decision.

I decided. I’d been thinking earlier about how I try to push myself because I instinctively want to do the safe thing. We pushed ahead. I was in luck. The stream was easy to cross, although my feet were pretty pissed about the cold water. Then I pushed them pretty hard to get back to the car before the sunlight totally disappeared. I really had no interest in navigating the woods without a flashlight . It was already hard enough to get around the horse landmines.

With a few minutes of light to spare we made it back to the car. The boys were a little slow, as I’m used to walking with Perl and we’d done about five miles the day before. And here I thought I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with them. I was definitely wrong. Guess I’m in better shape than I thought I was.

That evening, we went to the Big Sur Village Pub for dinner. It was full of characters. Dinner was standard pub fare, but the thing I love about this place is there selection of beers. Their menu describes the different kinds of beer from around the world and they have a sprinkling of everything. I couldn’t resist the raspberry lambic as that has been my favorite as of late.

Back at the motel, there are no tvs or phones in the room (although there is wireless), so they provide games in the front office. We managed to play a riveting game of Scrabble as well as making a strange little man out of Playdoh. While putting the scrabble board away, we noticed this written on the side of the box.

I have to say, it was particularly frightening at this particular place, to be out in the woods with no real contact to the outside world. Luckily, there were no stairs to be found, so all was good. It was definitely entertaining though!

The next morning we headed to Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park. We did a four and a half mile moderate hike through the hills. Came upon a fantastic view of the ocean that was soon fogged in. Took a wrong turn and found a waterfall in the redwoods. Ended with a half mile flat walk out to view a waterfall into the ocean. By the end, I was doing fine and the boys were pretty tired. Guess all that walking I do with Perl is paying off!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on November 25, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    What a wonderful couple of days you spent… the views are terrific- the writing on the box is not easily readable! bummer!
    And once more you know having a dog does pay off! but only if you really walk the dog!
    hugs, da momma


  2. Posted by iDad on November 25, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    If you click on the picture, you can enlarge it and see that it says “there is a body under the stairs”…maybe it just works with Apple?


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