For the long Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to forego our usual mountain or desert trip and head up the 101 and 1 to Big Sur and Monterey. After driving most of the morning on Thursday, we arrived in the Big Sur region and took in some hiking at Vicente Flat Trail across from the Kirk Creek campground.
After a vigorous hike, we headed on to our campsite before dark. We camped at Limekiln Creek campground. The campground was very packed and offered zero privacy, with the campsites being right next to one another. Of course being California, no one spoke to anyone else, so although physical privacy was limited, we had the place to ourselves psychologically. The views from the beach, which was literally a 1 minute walk were fantastic and offered superb vistas at sunset with the crashing surf rolling in.
Along the way, there were numerous places to pull over and take in the visual beauty of the sea, sand and surf. Almost the entirety of Highway 1 is right along the coast, curving back and forth on the high cliffs. This of course offers breathtaking views the entire way-luckily there wasn’t much traffic, which allows for constant head weaving to take in as much as possible.
On the second day, we awoke fairly early and got in another brisk hike at the Andrew Molera State Park, which offers a superb mix of coastal plain and cliff-side hiking opportunities as well as a nearly deserted beach to chill on for a while. Be on the outlook for deer and rabbit, which we saw aplenty.