Originally posted on Running Tangents:
This past weekend, a group of 8 of us went camping at Big Sur. Our friend CR had secured one of two of the most sought-after campsites on the West Coast at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. This campsite, perched above the gorgeous, rocky shores of Big Sur, was a hybrid of car camping and backpacking: it was far enough down the road to be secluded and surrounded by nature (i.e., not rowdy campers or RVs), but also had a few car camping luxuries, such as a fire pit, picnic tables, trash and recycling bins, and pit toilets. Just a short 0.1 mile steep hike down the hill from the fire road, we were able to bring in enough water, firewood, and camping accessories for the weekend. (There is already a very informative article about camping at JPB on the internet, so I won’t repeat the details. One difference since that article was written is that campsite #2 is no longer overgrown with vegetation.) One thing I loved about this campsite was sleeping to the sounds of the ocean. So calming!
CR had the foresight to book 2 nights over MLK Jr. weekend – Saturday and Sunday – which allowed for a leisurely arrival on Saturday afternoon and departure late Monday morning. On Saturday, we set up and enjoyed our camp and did some exploring around the area. We climbed on the nearby rocks to watch a glorious sunset and look for whales and dolphins in the distance.