Big Sur, CA
A long weekend exploring Big Sur
In December, 2018, we partnered with our friends at Pacific Overlander for a journey down Highway 1 through Big Sur. This wasn’t just a drive down the coast, though - we ventured south in roof-top-tented, 4WD-equipped, fully-kitted-out Toyota 4Runners and Jeep Wranglers. We met up Friday for breakfast in Fort Point, San Francisco before starting out south for a weekend of wonder and discovery. This was a mix of individual vehicle travel and caravanning, and we stopped at our leisure for photography, hikes, oysters, brisk water dips and croissants from Big Sur Bakery. In true overlanding spirit, our itinerary was rough, but we enjoyed a sunset at Pfeiffer Beach (with a bit of sun peeking through the keyhole) and great campsites. Four wheel drive and high clearance gave us access to often-overlooked parts of the coast.
By day, each vehicle chose its own adventure - a relaxing beach vacation with book in hand, or some of the great hikes across the parks. We had a beach station set up with snacks, cold drinks, Spikeball, and more.
By night, we met up at campsites for delicious food, cold beers, and plenty of time for late-night hangs. Alongside the vehicles’ rooftop tents, we had have camping gear - folks just brought their sleeping bags. December in Northern California means shorter days and longer nights, so we had early wake-up calls to make the most of that precious sunlight.
Meeting under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on the morning of the first day, we headed south along the coast and down towards Big Sur. The first night was spent at an organized campground with facilities, while the second night was spent wilderness camping on a high ridge overlooking the Pacific.
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