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Big Sur Fun Facts
Beautiful Saturday here on Long Island.
Well, I'm sure you noticed that you are receiving our blog today a bit late. Here's the 411 -- I took the girls out to the barn, early as usual. Had my laptop with me so I could go to Tanger Outlets in Riverdale (my usual Saturday hang out) and when I got to there, I had such trouble getting wifi.
I tapped into the Tanger Outlet Wifi as well as some of the individual stores. Ok, so I finally got it and lo and behold, my laptop battery was WAY LOW.
My first reaction was to charge it for a while in one of the available outlets, but then I realized...I LEFT MY CHARGER HOME!!!
Immediately, I contacted Tanya (who, as you have noticed, is in Big Sur today) to ask her to change our posting time to later in the day so I would have time to get my blog up for the day.
And... here i am - home and writing to you!
The last thing I wanted was to miss the blog today as my plan was to complement Tanya's Scoop of her first-hand trip to Big Sur with the FAM, with factual information about this region of the central California coast.
So, away we go...
16 FUN FACTS ABOUT BIG SUR
THE BIG SUR COAST (wiki)
1. Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon.
2. On the east, it is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains, with the Pacific Ocean bordering on the west.
3. Traveling Big Sur is via Route 1, the narrow two-lane state highway known for its winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline.
4. Originally inhabited by the Esselen, Salinan and Ohlone Native Americans, Big Sur was first settled by the Spanish in the 1830s, but developed its first large settlements during the Gold Rush.
Bixby Bridge (Flicker.com)
5. In the late 1800s, the lumber industry was thriving in Big Sur, despite the difficulty of reaching the area.
6. The construction of Highway 1 in the 1930's provided a means by which to more easily visit Big Sur.
7. Big Sur is immortalized by such artists as Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac in their books and Ansel Adams and Edward Weston in photography.
8. Spanish settlers living on the Monterey Peninsula, referred to the wilderness of Big Sur as el país grande del sur (‘the big country to the south’)
McWay Falls in Big Sur (tripadvisor)
9. There is no town of Big Sur as such, though you may see the name on maps.
10. Traveling Big Sur is about a 2-hour drive along 85 miles of coastline.
11. McWay Falls is an 80 feet waterfall that flows year-round from McWay Creek in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, about 37 miles south of Carmel, California.
12. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, is named after Big Sur’s first European settlers who arrived in 1869 and is Big Sur's largest state park, where hiking trails loop through stately redwood groves.
13. Pfeiffer Beach, is dog-friendly and is known for its huge double rock formation, through which waves crash.
14. Pfeiffer Beach is also "Purple" caused by manganese garnet washing down from the hillsides above.
15. Bixby Bridge is one of the most photographed and highest bridges of its kind in the world. Completed in 1932, the concrete span, soars 260 feet/79 meters above the bottom of a steep canyon carved by Bixby Creek. 16. Big Sur is a great destination for hiking, camping, and beachcombing with its numerous state parks and beaches.
I actually did a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles back in the wary 1990's along Route 1 and it was one of the most GORGEOUS sightseeing I've yet to see!
We stopped many times along the way to take pics of the breathtaking scenic views.
Elisa on a photo op stop along Highway 1 (circa 1993) (c)travelincousins,com
Folks, I know it's not Throwback Thursday but I couldn't resist putting this picture in!!
I cannot wait to see the lovely pictures that Tanya is taking on her trip this week!
Hope it's a great one for you!!! AND DON'T FORGET TO TURN THE CLOCKS BACK AT 2AM!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: BIG SUR, CA
Hiccups, Detours, and Delays
Hello and Happy Saturday!
Yay! We're here in Big Sur and it's glorious to be breathing in this fresh coastal yet woodsy air, and to be surrounded by these amazing Redwood towering giants!
Getting here however we had our hiccups, detours and delays.
Let me explain...
Well for starters I should've known better than to give everyone the actual time I was planning on our departure.
Ya see, I live in a household of people who..well let's just say aren't the most timely bunch of folks. And I should've said we were leaving earlier than I originally planned. But since I didn't, we left later than planned.
We hit a TON of traffic going through LA. (The LA traffic is really becoming one of the WORST!)
Then we made 3 m/[=ore non-gas/ non bathroom break stops along the way, a few wrong turns, and finally arrived!
Along the drive, we had dinner and dessert on the road, listened to tunes and laughed until our stomachs hurt.
After pulling off of the PCH and to our campgrounds we pitched our tent in the pitch blackness of the night, and being the location of our site we peacefully both fell asleep and woke up to the soothing sounds of a babbling brook.
Believe me, it was and is lovely!
The only thing that isn't all that lovely is the signal out here in the "woods" uploading pics in near impossible (I'll add more when I have a better signal) - but heck I should be and I am glad that I have any signal at all.