When I was done at Hearst Castle I was still looking forward to the rest of the day, as I was going to see the famous Big Sur. Or, that’s what I thought.. 10 minutes further down the road from Hearst Castle there is a beach brimming with sea elephants, which I really wanted to see. There are lots!

hearst castle

hearst castle

And this is where the weather starts deteriorating. I drove on from the sea elephants and spotted a thick blanket of fog coming in from the sea a little ahead. Of course I crossed my fingers for it to only be very local, but oh no! It lasted all the way up to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

big sur

big sur

big sur

big sur ventana

I had lunch at Ventana Inn & Spa, most of all because they offered dining with a view – they’re placed on the very top of one of the hills with a beautiful view over the ocean. I got to see what I had been driving through – a thick, continuous blanket of fog both north and south. The food was delicious, by the way.

big sur ventana

I never saw Pfeiffer Beach or Big Sur. Instead I got some rather moody pictures a little south of Carmel.

big sur

big sur

I found this place that had some interesting rock formations and humongous waves. And this was a still day!

big sur

big sur

I was feeling a mixture of horror and wonder at the people climbing about the rocks. If they fall, they’re done!

big sur

Also, excuse the slightly stalker-ish photos but I thought there was something profound about these young people standing together on the cliff.

big sur

big sur

I hope he got some good photos.

big sur

My bed for the night stood in a room at HI Monterey Hostel. Very nice place indeed! I mean, isn’t this cute?

monterey hostel

I spent the evening with 3 other girls from my room, eating pub grub, drinking local beers and seeing a little bit of Monterey by night. A good night.

Have you seen Big Sur? I’d love to hear what it looked like! Do share below.

Read more:
Hearst Castle, California: The Grand Rooms Tour
Danish in California: Solvang & Highway 1
LA Diary: Downtown & Griffith Observatory
LA Diary: Hollywood & Venice

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