From March 10 to March 18 I was free from college courses, and I would not let this time go to waste. I decided to go on a six day camping and backpacking trip with my girlfriend to Big Sur, California (about three and a half hours south of San Francisco). The trip was fantastic, with lots of exciting adventures.
We started our trip by spending a day in Santa Cruz on the way to Big Sur. We had lunch and took a nice walk along the coastline. In Big Sur we spent the first night at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. After that we hiked on the Pine Ridge Trail about 12 miles to Sykes campground. Sykes campground is my most favorite campsite I’ve ever been to in a long time. The river that flows right next to the site is wonderful, and calming through the night. Another great attraction at Sykes is the natural hot springs. There were two hot springs, a smaller one and a bigger one. I couldn’t believe how crystal clear the water was and perfectly warm. I had never seen hot springs in person and it was nice to see. The hike to Sykes had its uphill climbs, but the reward was worth the work. We camped at Sykes for one night, and although it rained all through the night and our tent got a little flooded, I had a great time. The hike back to the trailhead from Sykes was a lot easier than the hike in.
For the remainder of the trip we camped a couple nights in the SUV and near the Big Sur Station. We went on day hikes through the area, which included trips to see an 80ft waterfall into the ocean, a day at the beach, and great views of nature.
One of the days my friend from the bay area came down to spend the day with us as well. This was fun to catch up and spend some time together. We decided to visit some of the tourist shops, and eat at one of the Inn’s restaurants. My 12oz. New York strip, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and apple pie ale mode was a nice treat from the backpacking food I had been eating most of the trip. The rest of the trip involved more hiking and sightseeing and card playing until we headed back to the city Friday afternoon.
On the way back we stopped at a friend from USF house in Santa Cruz to say hi and visit. For the rest of my trip, I’ve just been doing some reading and homework as well as taking it easy.