Hwy1🇺🇸Big Sur

Whoop whoop – what a trip. For the first time ever I’m flying all the way “on the other side” of the planet … from Sydney to San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean! I couldn’t be more excited, leaving Australia around lunchtime on a Saturday and shortly after looking down unto tiny archipelagos in the South Pacific until catching the final hours of night time across the international date line before setting down on american soil at 8am on that very same Saturday!

Of course I’ve reserved a few days again for a roadtrip before spending a week Salesforce HQ in downtown San Francisco. After previous roadtrips into Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, Napa and Sonoma wine counties as well as Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, this time I’m driving south down the Californian Coast on Highway 1 through Santa Cruz, Monterey and picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea before heading into Big Sur State Park with splendid views over ocean and terra firma until I arrive in San Luis Obispo with its colonial style architecture from the days the Spanish conquistadores established the 5th Californian Mission here in 1772.

After a delicious Mexican quesadilla lunch I drive further south to pay a visit to Monarch Grove Sanctuary where thousands of migratory monarch butterflies pass through between November and February on their way from Mexico to their breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest. I’m smiling as I remember how, 12.5 years ago I was in Michoacán, Mexico where I first learned about the beautiful Monarch butterfly and their migration routes… 

Carmel-by-the-Sea, awakening slowly from hibernation, has me wander through the quiet streets in awe, the crisp cool air is refreshing on the skin and the delicious clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl at Flaherty’s Seafood Grill&Oyster Bar warms from the inside 🙂

Lots of sunshine, short walks, waterfalls, animal kingdom, history and a sunset that leaves onlookers speechless – what a trip!

Bixby Bridge – spanning Rainbow Canyon – was built in 1932 by prisoners eager to lop time off their sentences. 
25-m high McWay Falls tumble over granite cliffs before free-falling into the sea
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

Wonderful days by myself with time to reflect and to marvel at nature’s beauty, it helps me gather my strengths because I’m not done yet!

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