Our Honeymoon Adventures: Driving the Pacific Coast Highway
Once we had completed 17 Mile Drive and a short detour through Carmel, we continued to head south on Route 1/ the PCH.
We had allotted the entire day to exploring and wandering, so we took our time. The only real “plan” we had was to drive until sunset, and then turn around and head back to our hotel. It was wonderful. We kept the roof down, the radio turned up, and let the road take us wherever it may.
We had to pull off to the shoulder several different times just to stand there and take it all in. Around every bend in the road, there was another incredible vista.
The frothy waves crashing into the rugged, craggy shores.
The looming mountain silhouettes.
The bright blue sky full of wispy, white clouds.
It was just as gorgeous and picturesque as we had hoped. Maybe even more so.
We drove over mind-bogglingly high bridges, including the notable Bixby Bridge.
We watched the evening mist begin to settle on the beach.
We saw the sun begin to cast its warm, evening glow on the sparkling water.
We were surrounded by cool, fresh forest air and the heartwarming scent of campfires as we made our way into Big Sur.
Just as the sun was beginning to set, we made it to Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park - The home of McWay Falls. We parked in a nearly empty lot, saw signs for the falls, and raced each other down a sandy path. We passed through a dark, only slightly creepy tunnel beneath Highway 1, and then walked a little further. Before we knew it, we were feasting our eyes on an absolutely jaw-dropping view.
The azure lagoon entranced us, it’s foamy, white waves rhythmically splashing ashore.
We gazed in awe at the 80 foot waterfall for a while, snapping as many photos as we could. Then, as we stood with our arms wrapped around each other, watched as the sun set over the horizon. This was probably the most romantic place the two of us had ever been together, and I never wanted to leave.
Once the sun had all but sunk behind the sea, we walked slowly back to the car. We had a long drive ahead of us, but we were content. Although there was a slight chill in the air, we left the roof down, all the way back to Santa Cruz. We put on our jackets, held hands, and smiled. Time to check another thing off of our bucket list. We had finally made it to Big Sur.
Next time we are in California, our goal is to hop on the PCH near Los Angeles and drive allll the way up to McWay Falls. There is so much more beauty to behold, and we can't wait to see it!