This month’s travels took me to one of my all time favorite places: Big Sur. My intentions for this trip were to reconnect with the grounding energies of The Earth and gain some clarity as the world seemed to be spinning out of control around me. Both intentions manifested beautifully, and not with out some surprises along the way!
The drive from Long Beach takes about five and a half hours if you drive straight through, but this trip I took my time. As many of you are aware, the energetic quality of our foods directly affects us in mind, body, and soul. I stopped at some two of my favorite restaurants: Adama in Santa Barbara for vegan breakfast and Sebastian’s near Hearst Castle for one of my favorite veggie burgers. I felt amazing driving into the searing cliffs of Big Sur!
I arrived to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in the late afternoon to set up camp. With each inhale I took, the clean oxygenated air created a lightness in my being. With each exhale, a deep sense of peace and release of things that no longer serve me. The redwoods stood tall and supportive as I began my journey to reconnect with nature. The tent was set up, the fire warm and roaring, and all was right in the Universe as Mother Earth held me as I slept that night.
The next morning, I rose with the sun to the misty mountains. The fog was thick and low, adding an element of magic to the morning. I went to Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn for another delicious and nourishing meal.
Following breakfast, I set off to hike the Tan Bark trail. Stepping out of my car and on to the path, I instantly felt the sense of wonder and awe for the natural beauty of our planet. Giant hundred year old trees and a gently flowing stream were in perfect union, balancing firm and grounding energies with the fluid ever changing motion of the water. A child-like playfulness filled my being as my wide eyes marveled at the incredible beauty around each turn.
After a full morning of hiking and taking in Big Sur’s incredible landscape, I ate lunch at perhaps the most famous restaurant in the area: Nepenthe. If you have never heard of this location, I highly recommend doing a little research into the history!
I spent another night on the campground before leaving Big Sur. Although it was a just a quick trip this time, the hidden spots and natural beauty surprised me yet again. I will continue to travel up the coast to this healing haven as frequently as possible.
Have you had an intimate experience recently in nature? Comment below!