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Hiking Big Sur

Sunday, January 06, 2013

A friend and I had planned to go to Big Sur yesterday. When we originally planned it the forecast was for a sunny day but as the day got closer the weather was changing. Forecast for rain was coming at noon. We almost backed out. But after a few more text messages decided to go for it! We left home at 9:30 and reached the Big Sur area around 11:30.

We stopped at Bixby Bridge to take a few photos

I saw some cool cloud formations so took a photo of that

After crossing the bridge we stopped at another spot to look back and get photos up the coast

We continued up the coast (or should I say down the coast) and came to the Big Sur camp grounds and decided to pop in and ask about the hike to the falls. They said it was about a 90 minute hike so we decided to go for it. It was a fairly steep hike and Diane needed to stop a couple of times to rest, but we finally made it. Pfieffer Falls was a couple of fairly narrow ribbons. I have never s been hear before so I don't know if it gets fuller with more rain. I guess I will need to come back in the spring to find out, but then there may not be any available parking to allow us to do that!!

After we were done with the hike we headed to Julia Pfieffer Beach. This was our ultimate destination and why we wanted some sunshine. As the sun goes down in late December to early January, it reflects on the back of some of the rocks and through a hole in the rocks. As the waves splash through and over the rocks on the shore the sun lights up the splash and you get what the photographers call "Fire in the Hole". I don't think you can get this well with a point and shoot. You need a tripod and you need to slow the shutter speed. We did get the shot a couple of years ago, but the tide was low and we didn't get much spray. This year it was just the spray through the hole - no "fire"

We'll just have to go back next year and hope for better weather conditions!

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    Beautiful! I was thinking about taking my daughter there the next time we are out west -- we'll do it for sure!
    1934 days ago
    We pass by Sur coming home from my daughter's (when we take the long way home). We need to incorporate an extra day and stop there. The hike looks wonderful.

    1935 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Now that is just beautiful. Always wanted to go there. I think I will plan a trip, thank you so much. emoticon emoticon
    1935 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    How beautiful, I am glad the weather cooperated and you were able to get your hike in.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1935 days ago
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