Monday, February 25, 2013

I think I might be sinking... Throw me a line if I reach it in time.... I'll meet you up there where the path.... Runs straight and high.

First off, Sorry that some of the pictures are really dark, I was fightin the sun all day and the old Canon was givin it all she had.  Today we drove down about two miles past Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  Theres a narrow pull off and a road that doubles back on Highway 1 with a gate on it.  I assume this is a State or Federal park because of the signage in the area.  They have the whole "Undersea Forest" stand thats pretty standard.  

Trail Head w/gate

 The trail goes down and switches back pretty hard. The trails are nice and wide but a little steep.  Just enough to be uncomfortable walking regularly, not really a problem for us, but for really young ones and rally old ones this might not be the best trail for you.  When it rains, I bet this trail is a bitch too.


Gate at trailhead

View from trail

Undersea Forrest Signage
You go down the trail for a bit and there is a wooded part that is really nice.  You come to a bridge that has a tree as one of the corner posts.  It goes over a nice stream that gurgles through the woods.

Bridge over small stream

View over bridge

Trail after bridge
Turn right before tunnel
 After the bridge, the trail goes through the woods for a minute more, then there is an old tunnel lined with timbers.  Great place for a photo shoot.
Old tunnel

Ocean next to old tunnel

Trail after the tunnel
 The trail after the tunnel comes out to a cove with clear blue water and a nice railing that follows the shore on top of a cliff.  there are tunnels and arches in the water and the ocean is so clear here that you can see the bottom where there are whirlpools and seaweed growing from the floor of the cove.  the trail curves around and goes to a lookout point that has a railing and a bench to sit and chill lookin at the ocean.

Bench at the lookout

 There is a trail to the right if you go past the bench at the outlook point.  it goes along the edge of the cliff and is really not suitable for kids.  Its pretty demanding with drop offs that have to be climbed and you have to stay pretty close to the cliff face sometimes so ya don't fall off into the ocean.  I liked this trail.  It was a little more interesting than the other way, which was down the rocky point.  There were a couple of tide pools down there, I didn't go, the girl did, and there were some see urchins and crabs, I'll get pics next time for ya, or I could borrow hers.....

One of the drop offs you need to climb down

The edge of the cliff, I was right up against the cliff, so its pretty close

Part of the trail that falls off into the ocean

A weird eye we found painted on the rocks.  I always wonder what these things mean.  Was it planned, does it mean anything?  

View from the rocky out cropping
 There was a second trail branching off that goes down to a rocky beach.  The trail gois down through the woods and follows a stream that empties out into the ocean.  We were warm, and I decided to strip down to my underwear(calm down ladies....)  and wadded in about calf deep.  That didn't last long.  Cold as a motherfucker.  The beach is cool, really rocky and really turbulent surf.  The steam emptying into the ocean is really spectacular here.  Mossy rocks on the beach with a freshwater stream winding its way through rocks and crashing into the ocean through a series of small water falls.  Awesome.  The pinnacle of what a beautiful Big Sur beach is....  IMHO anyways.

Listening to today:
Led Zeppelin
Going to California
Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine. 
Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart. 
Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.

Steam on trail to the beach

Trail without stream

The trail goes by a large tree and rock that would be a good picnic stop in hot weather

Trail to beach


People did some rock stacking.  The girl and I do this.  Not today, we were kind of tired but we can go for an hour and a half sometimes without even thinking about it.  Theres something meditative about it.  

Stream that causes the mossy rocks on the shore


Freshwater pool above where the stream drops into the ocean

Trail back from the ocean

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