Big Sur Road Trip: Part Two

April 7, 2016 • By

Technology has become such a big part of our daily lives that, at times, it can be suffocating. Desperately wanting to disconnect, Gerred and I packed up our car and headed North for a 4-day Big Sur road trip. We found peace away from the buzz of normal life by hiking and taking in the sights during the day and gazing at the stars at night. So much peace, I can understand why a celebrity might want to visit Big Sur just to get away.

Big Sur Road Trip Part 2

You’re reading part two of our Big Sur road trip. To get up to speed, start by reading part one of our trip where we battle mountains and watch the most romantic sunset together.

Kirk Creek Campground

After spending the day exploring San Francisco, we drove south to Kirk Creek Campground to set up camp before sundown. When we arrived, we went straight to work pitching the tent and lighting a huge fire. Turns out, my camp counselor skills really paid off! For dinner, we cooked over-the-fire chicken and sweet potatoes and for dessert melted bananas with coconut flakes and cacao nibs.

Tip: There’s no need for a camp stove or cooking ware. Our campfire meal was cooked over the fire using only tinfoil.


Each morning, I emerged from my warm mummy sleeping bag to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks below us. When I opened our tent, I saw the beautiful coast beneath a fading pink sky. In these quiet morning moments, we set our chairs by the cliff’s edge and read before setting off on our own adventures.

+ Tip: Military families can rent a tent from local MWR centers starting at $12 for the weekend as well as other camping equipment.

One morning’s adventure included exploring the campground’s trail. It led us through a clover-covered fairy forest, across a babbling brook, past tiny trickling waterfalls, right to the sea. It’s a light-hearted easy walk perfect for awakening an element of fantasy in your life.

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For the most part, we cooked our meals over the fire or snacked on paleo jerky, dried fruit, and trail mix while exploring. But, one morning, we decided to stop by Deetjen’s for breakfast and we were so glad we did. The dark wood exterior is covered in pink flowers and the inside is decorated with blue plates, paintings of landscapes and poets, and classical music plays throughout.

+ Tip: Order their specialty, eggs benedict, and you will not be dissapointed.

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Shortly after we were seated in an intimate room by the fire, another couple sat down at the table next to us. I thought I recognized the woman and Gerred caught on as well. In fact, we both did a double take. Once she started to talk and even sing with joy, we realized we just had our first celebrity sighting. Jane Lynch, a.k.a. Sue Sylvester from Glee, was sitting at the table opposite us. The best part was when Gerred debated over whether to order bacon, she interjected with this wisdom, “When offered bacon, always take the bacon.”

+ Tip: When spotting celebrities, try to keep your cool and focus so that your food ends up in your mouth and not your cheek.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Our last site on our Big Sur road trip was Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and for good reason. The view is everything, the waterfall is a silver thread that is sews itself into the beautiful cerulean blue of the lagoon below. The beach is untouched and everything that surrounds McWay Falls is a harmonious nature amphitheater.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkJulia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Our Big Sur road trip was perfect as we slalomed down the pacific coast highway exploring everything that untouched nature had to offer. We’re glad we took the weekend to go outdoors and truly see more.