Well, the first thing everyone should know is… there is absolutely no telephone or internet service in Big Sur. Most places did not have wifi either, some had landlines. There was one bar that had wifi- Big Sur Tap House. I actually had LTE there too! Trust me, Matt and I were in shock for a good while when we discovered there was no service in the area. It’s funny how dependent we are on technology. But we should have known better, we were driving along a coast where electricity was introduced in the late 1950’s.
*** This trip was sponsored by Toyota. Thank you, Toyota for providing a vehicle for this trip! All opinions are my own.
So we drove to Big Sur right after we landed in San Francisco. I mean, we stopped by In and Out of course! (WHATABURGER IS STILL BETTER BTW.) The trek was about 2 hours. We drove on Bixby Bridge which was surreal because when you google Big Sur that is the first thing that pops up on the images. The main attraction we wanted to see was Pfieffer State Park to see the infamous McWay Falls. When we arrived, we had to walk a trail down a bit but did not actually get to in the park. Some people actually make it down there, idk how, but they do. I would not advise it though… The locals have spotted mountain lions in some places and some trails were closed because of it. Therefore, I’m good! We hiked a bit and waited for the sun to set in Pfieffer park, then went to eat at the Tap House.
Our plan was to head back to San Francisco once the sunset hit. We ate some dinner at the Tap House, did a bit of work there, and drove a little over 150 miles to our friends Ogo and Onyeka’s home. I think the road trip back to San Fran was one of the best ones yet… we sang our favorite songs, mostly Kanye, at the top of our lungs. I hate singing, mostly because I am horrible at it, but with Matt, it’s my favorite thing to do. He makes me feel so comfortable and with no shame.
The one thing I was nervous about was me getting a panic attack. I’m known to have panic attacks on long road trips. Mostly because I’m in the car for a long time and I get scared of long unknown curvy roads. Hate it. Not proud of it. I actually felt really safe in the Toyota C-HR! The ride was super smooth, and the traction to the car cannot be compared to any other car. I felt completely safe. No panic attacks on this trip! Yay!
I think next time we want to go to Monterey and Caramel. Like, make a whole weekend or week out of it.
PS- Some of these images will be sold through here as prints!
Photographer: Matt Daniel