Point Lobos and Big Sur Trip
February 13 to 15, 2013


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Just a three day weekend with my wife. The high point was the opportunity to spend some relaxed time at our favorite campground, Kirk Creek near Lucia on the Big Sur coast. Despite the leisurely pace I took 31 panoramas.

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February 13, 2013


We spent most of the day at Point Lobos, where I took panoramas of the south coastal section. This is the most beautiful place on the entire California coast - ask anyone.


One of the gems of Point Lobos is China Cove, where white sand gives the water a turquoise hue.


It was a beautiful day on the Big Sur coast south of Carmel - winter is more likely to be sunny than summer here, and the waves are bigger. I estimated this one, near Big Creek, at twenty feet.


I have been coming to Big Sur since my teens. This "NO HIPPIES" sign used to hang outside the store in Lucia, and they meant it.


Despite a rather late arrival, we got one of the best sites (there are no bad ones) at Kirk Creek Campground near Lucia. We spent two glorious days camped there.

All panoramas taken this day (18)

Panoramas of the Bird Rock area at Point Lobos State Reserve, near Carmel, California

Panoramas of the Pinnacle Point area at Point Lobos

Panoramas of Sea Lion Point at Point Lobos


February 14, 2013

We spent a lazy day at Kirk Creek, never left the campground. We had a great view down the coast without even moving from our campsite, and a steep trail to a pocket beach started right there. The temperature was up to 71° (22° C) in the afternoon. That night there were gusty Santa Ana winds and the temperature never got below 60°.


A lazy day on the Big Sur coast.

All panoramas taken this day (5)

Panoramas of Kirk Creek on the Big Sur Coast


February 15, 2013

We moved the camper out of the campground and parked on the highway, then hiked up the Vicente Flat Trail, a steady uphill grind until we were a thousand feet above the ocean. We could have gone further, but knew it would be a long drive home that night.


I took a few panos on this spectacular trail.

On the trip north we took a side road at Lucia to the New Camaldoli Hermitage, a monastery and retreat center perched on a ridge above Limekiln Creek.


When we got home our plum trees were blooming.

All panoramas taken this day (8)

Panoramas of the Vicente Flat Trail in the Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur, California

Panoramas of the Camaldoli Hermitage at Lucia on the Big Sur Coast


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