Point Lobos State Natural Reserve x Big Sur

Once I came back from Europe, my friends took me on a trip to Big Sur for my birthday. Our original plan was to go to Yosemite & we had an Airbnb all booked, but unfortunately there was a huge forest fire that made its way to Yosemite. One of my best friends has asthma & we knew it wouldn’t be safe, so we had to change plans last minute.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

The first stop on our way to Big Sur was Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. I’ve been to this area with Jeremiah before maybe twice? & the last time was a couple of years ago, so it was nice to revisit the area again. However, it was so foggy when we visited.

We did go early in the morning, so maybe it would’ve cleared up had we gone later in the day. Can you see the fog in some of the photos?

We also stopped by to see some tide pools on the way.

China Cove was still so beautiful, clean, & green just like the last time I saw it. There weren’t any seals washed up on the beach this time though!

We also checked out the beach, but we didn’t go down.

Bixby Bridge

The next spot on our way was Bixby Bridge. I fell asleep during the way & hadn’t realized that we were already at our next destination. I was still suffering from overall exhaustion prior to the trip. As I’ve mentioned in previous Europe posts, there was a lot of work I still had to catch up when I got back to the states & restoring over 1,000 photos to my blog was at the top of my list. As such, it was a little hard trying to stay awake during the long car rides.

It is so much more beautiful seeing the pure blue ocean water, but because of the fog, it covered the coast 😭

Nepenthe Restaurant

We were growing hungry at this point & none of us brought snacks, so we stopped by Nepenthe Restaurant on the way. One of my friends suggested it during the trip & I’m so glad we went!

It was so great to get this beautiful view from the restaurant 😍 I definitely want to go back here again.

After lunch, we made out way to a library that my friend had suggested, but it was closed for the day due to a wedding being held there. I’m so curious to to see how it looks inside. This is definitely on my list for my next visit!

We stopped at another view point on the way to McWay Falls.

McWay Falls

We finally made it to McWay Falls! What was so different from this experience vs. my past experiences was that we couldn’t go to the opposite side of the falls. It was completely fenced off! I’m assuming that much still has to be restored, so it’s unsafe for visitors to pass through.

After McWay Falls, we made one last stop at a viewpoint before finally making our way to our hotel.

Mama’s Meatball x Nite Creamery

Once we checked into our hotel & freshened up, we had dinner at Mama’s Meatball in this cute little area of San Luis Obispo.

I was craving Italian food, so we got Italian food 🤗 & it definitely reminded me of the Italian restaurants that I experienced in Europe; they charge for the bread 😂

One of my friends & I also got ice cream with a puffle at Nite Creamery. The line was long, but it moved kind of quickly. It was soooo good!

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