You almost pre-emptively create a memory as you drive into Big Sur. Rolling down the 101 passing by cliff side views with the waves crashing against the shore and finally winding down into a thick forest making you question what time of the day it really is. Big Sur reminds me smells like great big pine trees and late nights with friends. My only regret is that we didn’t bring marshmallows to roast for s’mores. We ate dinner at our inn after realizing of course we were in the woods and had no service. Fortunately we’d grabbed a bottle of wine from our Wandering Dog Wine Bar tasting the day before and played Flux (card game) for several hours until finally our sleepyiness kicked in and we retreated to our separate little cabin rooms stocked with books and thick down comforters.
In the morning we got up and couldn’t help but sit down for a really lovely brunch at Big Sur Bakery ahead of our hike. The picture I took did it no justice because we ate it so quickly. We had a ham and cheese streudel as we waited and it was worth gambling we wouldn’t be hungry by the time we got a table.
We’d been looking for something moderate so we’d get a little bit of length in and the possibility of a nice mix of valley and ocean views. We settled on the Ewoldsen trail which all in was roughly 4.5 miles round trip. If you park in the lot it’s something like $10 fee but if you park along the roadside which you will likely have to do as the lot fills up that is free save the moments in which you’re walking and anxious about getting hit by a car.
Well, now we were totally exhausted. Desperately we searched for a place to eat, first stopping by Nepenthe which offered these stunning views but also a 2.5 hour wait for the actual restaurant and had just finished service to the cafe level. Nina had a smoothie, we people watched for five minutes and called it a day. Several failed attempts later and we wound up at Maiden Publick House (can’t tell you if the food was good or bad because we tried so many places first and waited an hour to eat so we inhaled everything) near Big Sur River Inn where we indulged in a linner (lunch + dinner) and made our way home with a brief stop for coconut waters and cookies.