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Camping in Big Sur, January 2006 Print E-mail
Written by Kevin   
Sunday, 22 January 2006

I got a wild hair and decided to ask my Dad if he was free to drive up to Big Sur over the MLK holiday weekend. We decided to go, despite a forecast of rain and went up to Fernwood campground and stayed for three days.

On the drive up, we stopped in Solvang to eat Aebleskive for breakfast on Saturday, and arrived in Big Sur by early afternoon, just as it began to rain. The first day was mostly driving and then relaxing in the motorhome with full hook ups and movies and games. Ah, technology. We did go out to eat, and discovered two important things; one, there are about five restaurants in the Big Sur area, and two,only one of them has a kids menu.

After I proved that earplugs work (Grandpa Russ snores quite loudly), we headed off on Sunday morning up the coast. Russ decided to see if the Point Sur lighthouse was still taking people for the tour. We drove up and decided to take the tour. I would not reccommend the tour to anyone with kids or to anyone who doesn't like long, drawn out discussions of a lighthouse that take 3 hours to complete. Plus, there were gale force winds and it was bitterly cold the entire time, like earmuff cold. We got some great photos and some peopl spotted whales out over the ocean. All in all, we would not choose to do this again with Kyle and Blake, but we all survived.

When we drove to Monterey we indulged in some seafood luncheon and the boys were in a much better mood then. Kyle and Blake petted some sea urchins with Grandpa down by the water and we shopped along Cannery Row. On the way home we took some nice pictures. Grandpa and the boys went back and relaxed in the motorhome and Julie and I went up to the bar at the campground and had a few drinks in silence. They had a wedding there the day before so the bar was closed, but this evening we took in the local color and had a few laughs.

On our drive home we took the 1 home until we reached Gaviota. We stopped in San Simeon to see the Elephant seals. I did not know why there were so many cars parked in this one area of coastline until I got closer and realized the grey rocks were indeed seals. It was baby season and there were one or two babies per mommy seal. Blake and Kyle enjoyed laughing at their barking and shuffling in the sand, and it was a sight to see. They have made this stretch of coastline their home in this winter season only since the early 1990s, and it is something to see them, Elephant seals are huge with large snouts much like their name.

It was a nice, short trip that got us away from the hustle and bustle of L.A. for a day or two. If not for the rain it would have been perfect.


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