The owner The White Rabbit (A store entirely based around Alice in Wonderland) basically kicked me out of Carmel. I was browsing his beautiful shop and he struck up a conversation with me. He asked about my trip and where I was headed next. When I answered "Big Sur", he took the Cheshre Cat t-shirt I intended to purchase out of my hand and told me to get into my car and go. It was as if I was late, for a very important date. He said Big Sur was the most beautiful place in the world. I couldn't imagine a place being any nicer than Carmel, so I took this local's advice and got moving. The only thing that might have made the drive there better would be if I was wearing that Cheshire cat shirt.
We stayed in a cabin in Big Sur Lodge in Preiffer Big Sur State Park, "which is situated among redwood and oak trees." After we checked in, we hiked "Pfeiffer Falls trail that winds over rustic bridges across Pfieffer Redwod Creek a ends at a 60-foot high waterfall." As we reached the trail's entrance, I almost turned back. A sign warns hikers about Mountain Lions and mentions that they are particularly drawn to children. Being a petite build at 5'1 and aware that Mountain Lions may not be able determine a human's age, this particularly scared me.
I don't remember much of the hike as I walked it in a constant state of fear and panic. Luckily, I have photos:
After our hike, I took a short drive to relax at Pfieffer Beach. When you get out of your car, you won't notice anything extra special about the place- there is a parking lot, some picnic tables and a change room. Take the short trail and as it ends, you will feel like you fell down a rabbit hole.
As if the beach didn't fill my daily quota of max'n and relax'n, I decided to do some more of it back at my cabin once the sun set. As I was sitting on my cabin's porch, I suddenly noticed 2 deer. I quietly ran into the cabin to grab my camera for a picture. I was back outside in seconds and silently followed the deer around to take pictures. In the midst of my photography sesh, a fellow cabin neighbour and porch-sitter who had been watching me for 10 minutes shouted over, "You don't have to worry about scaring them. Deer ain't afraid of people here."
Big Sur allows you to become fully immersed in nature and majestic scenery. It also makes you question if you are actually in Alice's mad Wonderland with wild flora and fauna, terrifying mountain lions, sneaky scenery changes and friendly deer. I definitely wouldn't be suprised to find a caterpillar smoking a pipe here.
I would move here if I could; wouldn't it be great to live in harmony with deer? Unfortuantely, I only had a few days left to get myself to L.A. and had to hit the road. The adventure continues with Part 3 in San Simeon, Hearst Castle and San Luis Obsipo.
My name is Sara and I love finding new things to do in a new city. This website is an attempt to share the things that excite me in a new place through stories, photos, lists, travel tips and tricks.