We travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape us…
Los Angeles to San Fran by way of Big Sur… If you’ve read any California guide book they will list coastal Highway 1 as a must do… and it really is. I mentioned in my Coachella post that I had a girlfriend from Melbourne in town for a couple of weeks so after our desert trek we decided to make the drive to San Fran and check what all the fuss was about. We only had two days to get to San Fran due to other commitments so we spent the first day getting most of the drive out of the way. Set playlist, plenty of snacks the changing California landscape and a stop in Santa Barbara for lunch dominated most of the day. Leaving about 11am we arrived in Big Sur just before sunset.
Breakfast the next day came with the most spectacular view – atop the clifftop patio at Nepenthe where we sat under the morning sun with our coffees. After browsing their gorgeously local bohemian Phoenix Shop, we headed off to explore a bit more of Big Sur, stopping past the aqua and blue inlet of Pfeiffer Beach and the 1930’s well known landmark, Bixby Bridge.
San Fran bound, we made a quick stop to the tightly knit coastal town Santa Cruz for some acai juices before arriving in the Bay area.
I’ve been to San Francisco a couple of times before, during high school (more years ago than I’d like to admit) so it was fun walking around and have ancient family holiday memories pour back. The one touristy thing I wanted to do but never did, was the tour of Alcatraz. Unfortunately you have to book tours at least a couple weeks in advance so I had to be content with the harbour ferry cruise which took us past the infamous island aswell as under those Golden Gates.
Horseback Riding – there are plenty of trails and hikes you can do around Big Sur, however for a bit of a different view I’d love to do one of the Horseback tours such as the ones offered by Molera Horseback or Seahorse Equestrian.
Night Tour of Alcatraz Island – one of the most infamous prisons with not only walls but walls of ocean to keep likes of Americans most notorious criminals such as Al Capone and Stroud “The Birdman” at bay.
Golden Gate to Muir Woods – taking the time to travel over the bridge to lunch along the Sausalito waterfront and view San Fran from across the bay. Then heading to the magic of Muir Woods for an afternoon of Redwood exploring and
It was a whirlwind roadtrip, but so much fun. Just two friends, with a wandering plan and constantly changing landscape – #THE BEST