Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, 1997
That's what they say anyway.
Fourteen years ago I took a trip of a lifetime, spending five days driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's only exaggerating a little bit to say I came back a changed person. Carmel and Big Sur are just about the most beautiful places on earth. Big Sur, especially, is wild, remote and untouched.
It was definitely a mind-, heart- and soul-expanding experience. I hope it can be that way again. This time I have company, so that will be different. Also, I'll be seeing a few different things as a result of this:
About 40 feet of the PCH south of Carmel fell into the sea a few weeks ago. So to go 20 miles south we literally have to drive 155 miles around. That's how remote this place is. Pretty much only one road in and out. But that's okay -- it will be worth it to spend the night among redwoods.