BEAUTIFUL BIG SUR!
June 16, 2010 by
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.
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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!