United States of America · 6 Days · 69 Moments · March 2019

Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey, CA


23 March 2019

And the sun goes down on the last night in California.
Limoncello and a wood-fired pizza to end a long day of hiking. Almost ten miles throughout Garrapata State Park. I am sad that this is my last day here. More than any other place I’ve ever been, I miss California so deeply when I leave that I feel it in my soul. The incredible natural beauty of the central coast cannot be put into words or pictures that would ever be adequate enough.
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Garrapata State Park
Final day. It’s a rainy morning. Hiking Garrapata State Park.

22 March 2019

A storm is brewing. No hiking in this rain and chill. So, I’m settling in by a fire with two new books I picked up in Carmel.
A little bit of home on a pub wall in Carmel!
Spent the morning walking about Carmel-by-the-Sea, ducking into all kinds of quirky places. The afternoon was dedicated to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

21 March 2019

Enjoyed a phenomenal dinner at PortaBella. Ending the day sitting next to the fire, listening to the waves crash on the rocks below.
The photos of the gray whales didn’t turn out well. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful boat ride: a pod of Risso’s dolphins traveled alongside the vessel and a sea otter floated by, just taking everything in.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - sea lions in the distance.
Another full day ahead. Hiking Point Lobos State Reserve and whale watching this afternoon.

20 March 2019

Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
Point Joe and Restless Sea
Fanshell Beach
Seals enjoying the sunshine!
Cypress Point
Lone Cypress
Pescadero Point
Pescadero Point
Pebble Beach Golf Course
Breakfast at Pebble Beach. Maybe I can pick up some tips to improve my swing? Highly doubtful. I’m abysmal.
A visitor during my morning tea. Then it called up a friend.
A perfect day! Heading to Monterey!

19 March 2019

Back to the Highlands after a full day of hiking. Ending it next to a crackling fire, with a great book, and a glass of wine.
Hogs Breath Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
River Inn - Big Sur
Garrapata State Park
Good morning! I am overwhelmed with joy. Big Sur and California’s central coast have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

18 March 2019

Stunning. A glass of wine beside a crackling fire outside, listening to the ocean.
So grateful to leave winter behind for awhile!