One Extreme to Another

We left Carizzo Plain National Monument headed for another great place that I found online that we could stay for free.  We drove and drove and drove.  The views were great and we also saw some beautiful ranches!  IMG_0685








We kept driving and driving some more.  We finally ended up at the campground only to find out that it didn’t quite work for us!  We did all of the homework we could before we went out too!  I saw pictures online, we made phone calls to ranger offices, etc, but still, it didn’t work!!  So, we ended up staying in a truck stop for the night, changed our plans, and headed towards the coast!  IMG_0710As we neared the coastline we could see Moro Rock in the distance.


I mean, given all the options, it made sense to us!  And once we were driving along Hwy 1 and made our first stop right along the beach and smelled the ocean, we knew it was the right decision!  IMG_0722

The drive to the campground was an interesting one.  We kind of knew that the Highway could be narrow at times, but it was WAY more narrow than we anticipated!  And lucky me, it was my turn to drive!  I had to actually come to a complete stop and wait (for a while) for all oncoming traffic to go by before I could proceed past an outcropping of rock.  If I hadn’t waited, the side of the rig would have been scraped off along the side!  YIKES!!!  Anyhow, after the white-knuckle drive, we finally arrived at the Plaskett Creek Campground and shoehorned into one of the few sites we could fit into and settled in for our stay.  It was well worth it!!  IMG_1049After we got all set up we went for a walk across the street from the campground to check out the beautiful sunset and views.  We were not let down!  IMG_0745










The next day we took a drive further north up along Highway 1.  The wind was blowing like crazy, but it made it a beautiful day for photos!  IMG_0779


And of course we had to stop at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  This is always a MUST DO stop in this area!  The wind was causing some dramatic waves up and over the rocks!  IMG_0829



And one of our favorite views is the falls coming into the ocean!  It’s just not something you see very often.  IMG_0869You can see the fall better if you click and enlarge the photo. 


There used to be a house located here.  Can you imagine living here with a view like this???  I think I wouldn’t mind waking up and drinking my morning coffee while checking out this scenery!  How ‘bout you?  IMG_0839There are actually still quite a few people who live right along the coastline all up and down the highway.  Most of the time you can’t even see the homes themselves.  The sights along the oceanfront never got tiring though!  IMG_0866






Just a short walk off of the Highway gets you to Salmon Creek Waterfall.  You can barely see the top of it from the highway, but it’s worth the effort to get to it’s base.  IMG_0946



We took one day and headed out to hike up by Big Sur, but then couldn’t make it when they had part of the road closed.  The guy at the closure told us that if we were looking to hike, we should just hike at the state park there at the closure.  So, that’s what we decided to do!  We were at Limekiln State Park along Highway 1.  We didn’t know anything about the place, but headed in to the trails.  Wow!  What a great place we never would have known about otherwise!!  The trails followed along creeks and meandered through magnificent redwood forests!  IMG_0980We followed one trail out to the historic Lime Kilns that Rockland Lime & Lumber Co. used beginning in 1887 to extract, process, and export thousands of barrels of lime.  The lime was used for mortar in San Francisco’s earliest brick buildings.  IMG_1000



We came across a couple of these banana slugs while we were hiking around too.  Banana Slugs are the second largest slugs in the world and can grow up to 10 inches long!  They are often this bright yellow color, but can also have black spots, or look brownish, like a ripe (or overripe) banana.  IMG_1019



What an incredible little gem Limekiln State Park is along the coast.  If you ever find yourself in the area, it is definitely worth the time to stop by and walk around a bit.  IMG_1029So, like I already wrote, they had part of the highway closed and when we left the state park, they couldn’t tell us whether it would be open the next day (when we were planning on leaving) or not, but that it would be open between 4 and 5 pm that night if we wanted to try to get through.  So, we decided to return to camp, pack it all up, and head out a day earlier than planned.  We joined the long line of cars waiting for the appointed hour to arrive.  IMG_1065




At least we had some beautiful scenery to look at while we waited.  IMG_1059








They did eventually open up the road, and we got on our way to our next adventure.  We had a wonderful time along this small portion of California’s coastline.  Hope you enjoyed coming along!  Happy Trails! 


  1. I LOVE this post! Such a beautiful part of the coast and your photos are just wonderful! Can't wait to see more grizzley's in the Tetons too! Hugs to both of you!


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