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.
It is so much more beautiful seeing the pure blue ocean water, but because of the fog, it covered the coast 😭
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.
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
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!
Last weekend, Jeremiah & I wanted to go exploring because I wanted to try out a lens, but it wasn’t available for rental. Still, we decided to just explore something local.
I didn’t think the trailhead was going to be so far off from the free parking lot because Jeremiah called ahead and was told that it was very close. Needless to say, it wasn’t, but it also wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle. I just didn’t think we had enough time because the sun had already started to set.
Dogs aren’t allowed on the boardwalk areas, but because the park was closing soon, we went ahead & did it anyway. It isn’t something I suggest anyone to do.
It’s quite dreamy here, especially around sunset. If anyone is down to take some photos here, let me know! I’d love the practice 😉
But for now, enjoy these dog portraits 😅
We caught a little bit of the light before it started to get dark. We weren’t able to stay too long because it was getting cold & it was a long walk back to the car.
We were so unprepared, which honestly isn’t normal (if you know me, you know I like sticking to a strict itinerary). I blame it on being indecisive with our plans, but we still enjoyed our time even with all the trial & error.
We had originally planned on leaving Friday night, but there was an issue with my lens being stuck at UPS on Friday (FYI: don’t ever leave your packages at UPS on Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara). Thankfully, BorrowLenses was able to refund us & understood the situation.
We left Saturday morning instead & headed straight to Sequoia National Park. We luckily made it in time before sunset because we hit a bit of traffic on the way there. I assumed it was all the travelers going out of town for the long weekend.
The first stop we made was the Foothills Visitor Center to get our passport stamps & check out their merchandise. We went home with two stickers to put on our Hydroflasks 😊
The next stop we made was on the way to Moro Rock. The viewpoint was spectacular, so we just had to stop by & capture it.
Afterwards, we headed to Moro Rock, which we thought you would be able to park at & climb up the stairs. However, the road to go there was closed, so we parked at the main lot right next to the museum.
The hike up towards Moro Rock was only 1.5 miles, which isn’t bad at all. We’ve hiked longer distances at higher elevation. Kids were doing it & even people pushing strollers up there, so I’m sure it’s doable for anyone.
Once we made it to Moro Rock, we made the trek up the stairs & reached the very top! It’s not as bad as Diamondhead State Monument in Hawaii, but we didn’t bring water because we didn’t think the road was going to be closed. We always underestimate ourselves thinking we won’t need water. We always end up needing it during the times we don’t bring any 😅
We finally made it to the top & I can’t even put into words how beautiful the view was. It’s one of those things that you just have to see in person.
I wanted to stay longer until the sun fully set so I could capture the stars, but it was getting cold & we had to walk back to the car. I hope I’ll be able to stay past sunset the next time we visit.
The next day we went had breakfast at this cozy diner & went back to the park.
We checked out two spots. The next few photos with the waterfall wasn’t actually a place we planned on visiting. We didn’t go to the right spot, but at least we know now for our next visit. It was still a pretty sight to see nonetheless!
After the mini waterfall, we went to the Big Tree Falls trail which was super easy. It was completely paved, so kids or older folk can do this. Because it’s still Winter, the meadow didn’t look as fantastic as I’ve seen in photos online. I definitely want to see it again when the park is in full bloom.
We also stopped by on the highway because the view was too great to pass. It kind of looks like a desert track from Mario Kart.
Alviso Marina County Park
|I was laughing here because I reached in my pocket & said, “Wait, let’s take some photos with my film camera!”|
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