BEAUTIFUL BIG SUR!

Today we drove from Monterey southward on the famous Highway 1 - “Pacific Coast Highway”. It mostly follows the coastline before heading inland to some areas of enormous redwoods.

PLEASE forgive me if I don't say “thanks” for your comments for awhile. I want to post as many shots as I can, if only for our memories - but I may not have time to reply to you. I promise to do better soon!!

The drive down Highway 1 across the Bixby Arch Bridge follows the Pacific Ocean with the mountains and the mists.

Rain and wind form these unusual dirt carvings. (To give you perspective, that's part of a black telephone pole about half way down on the left!)

This is the typical view on the way southward

Big Sur belongs to a private trust that forbids any kind of development along the ocean-side of the highway. Yet portions are rented as farm land, so these cattle have a really nice view!

The view driving northward toward Monterey. I think this shot epitomizes Big Sur

The Bixby Bridge is often used in television commercials for car companies who drive their autos over it with the crashing waves in the background!

This was quite a feat in 1932 when this concrete bridge was built along the Pacific!

Wildflowers thrive in the hostile terrain

Down to the sea…

Larry gives you some idea of the size of these giant redwoods at Pheiffer Big Sur Park

I almost had to lie down on the ground to get this shot - the trees are so tall!

This mountainside of flowers was hard to make “crisp”, since they were blowing around in a 40 mph wind! I thought it was going to blow me off the hill a couple of times!

Eating at our favorite place along the drive - the Rocky Point Restaurant - we had some of the best views of the day!

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    • # Joe

      Fantastic set Brenda. Like the eerie hooded creatures marching in photo #2. Looks like you are having a great time.

      2010.06.16 Reply Cancel

    • # Sara G

      These are breathtaking Brenda! The shapes in #2 are fascinating..made by rolling water I guess...

      2010.06.16 Reply Cancel

    • # Paula

      One of the most beautiful drives ever! would love to get back there someday. Beautiful photos!

      2010.06.16 Reply Cancel

    • # Hoosierat Heart

      OH WOW!! Big Sur is such a magnificent place, to me one of the most beautiful places in the world! I have the very same photo as #1 and actually did a painting from it!

      2010.06.16 Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

      PTL there is no development to happen along the highway to block the view or take advantage of tourist and locals!! great views... I have got to get to those redwoods & see them for myself!! WOW!!

      2010.06.16 Reply Cancel

    • # Artbee

      Asolutely breathtaking photos Brenda! They are all so beautiful! Larry standing up against that Redwood tree shows their size alright WOW! Fantastic Post!

      2010.06.17 Reply Cancel

    • # Lucinda

      What a phenomenal set! I wish I were there. Don't worry about not commenting/thanking everyone. We'll cut you slack. It has been such a blessing to follow you and Larry on this wonderful trip of yours and thank you very much for sharing so much with us.

      2010.06.17 Reply Cancel

    • # Edgar Baird

      Absolutely beautiful! I love #9 looking down, down, down to the water, and the view up into the trees is superb.

      2010.06.20 Reply Cancel

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