I meant to have this post up the day after we had this mini-adventure, yet here we are almost 2 weeks later and I’m just now getting around to it. Life has been SO busy lately. Luckily it’s been a really good busy, though!
A couple of weeks ago we were getting the itch to go somewhere but had no clue where we wanted to go. We agreed to make the drive up to Big Sur. It’s one of our absolute favorite places to go, especially with the girls. It is one of those rare places that is wild and remote, yet easy to access and explore.
When it comes to traveling, I am NOT a planner. In fact, I feel like itineraries are such a buzz kill. I know that probably makes all you “planners” out there cringe, haha! I am more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of traveler. And it just so happens that my husband is the same way.
So that morning, we packed up the girls, fed them breakfast in the car and headed north. It just so happened that David missed the exit so we had to go through Templeton. As were driving by, we passed the CUTEST little farm. We turned around and decided to stop. Has anyone heard of this place? It’s called Jack Creek Farms! I had never heard of it! We tend to go to the same local places over and over…and over, so finding a gem like this was so exciting!
They have apple picking right now and they’ll be doing pumpkins here shortly. I can’t WAIT to come back and get our pumpkins here!
The girls fed the animals, played on the darling wooden train, roped some fake cattle and enjoyed some yummy fresh fruit. They also have amazing all-fruit slushies available. We didn’t try those that day, but heard they’re really good!
We all got back in the car and continued north…
Lainey started yelling “Marty! Marty! Marty!” about 30 mins into the drive. She spotted the zebras at the Hearst Ranch near San Simeon. She recently watched Madagascar and the zebra’s name is Marty (in case you weren’t following). So we got back out and waved to all the Marty’s!
Then BACK in the car again…
Another hour into the drive, we needed to eat. We have never stopped at Ragged Point before. We could get gas, go to the restroom and eat some lunch, so we figured it would be fine. Well, ohhh.my.goshhh! We had the BEST time here!! They had an amazing 2-man band playing called Bear Market Riot. They were doing folksy versions of old r&b songs and it was ahhhmazing! We even bought their cd! All of us were out there dancing. So fun. This spot also had some of the most amazing views and the BEST french fries we’ve ever had. Definitely coming back here!
When we finally made it into Big Sur, Mama needed her coffee. I had already felt like it had been a full day. We stopped at a darling little cafe called “Big Sur Cafe” (go figure). We re-caffeinated and headed up the road just a few minutes to start hiking.
We decided to hike to Pfeiffer Beach. It was supposed to be incredible and supposedly had purple sand. We were super excited.
I’m not going to lie, at this point I was super nervous that the girls were going to melt DOWN halfway into the hike. We didn’t even have snacks or candy to bribe them with if that happened! We still decided to go for it.
We threw the girls on our back and on we went! For those of you who asked, we love this backpack – Chicco Smart Support Backpack.
A few of you asked about my boots as well, so I linked everything here:
The walk was 2 miles each way. Which doesn’t sound like much, but with those backpacks on, it was exhausting!! The walk was so beautiful though. The Redwoods were so amazing. The girls were really into it, too. Especially when we saw these horses above!
We finally made it to the beach and it was certainly pretty! But it was SO windy that the sand felt like pellets hitting our face. And it definitely wasn’t purple, lol (I heard later though that it’s purple after it rains – so there ya go). It really shows how spoiled we are to live where we do. I felt like our local beaches are just as beautiful. But still fun to see. We only lasted about 10 minutes (sigh).
As you can tell from the pics above, we were pretty exhausted on the way back. The girls were getting antsy so we promised them we would go get hot chocolate as soon as we got back to the car. Leighton actually fell asleep in the backpack!
We decided to go back to the Big Sur Cafe and it was the perfect choice. We shared a delicious pizza and we all had the fanciest hot cocoas ever! How cute are those?!
We all sat under the bistro lights eating, sipping hot cocoa and giggling. It was seriously perfection. With such great family bonding time and no cell service all day, it was just what we needed. We really want to encourage our girls to fill their lives with adventure, not things. And to teach them that having stories to tell is so much better than having stuff to show. We may not have tons of money right now to travel outside of the country, but being able to hop in the car and explore somewhere we’ve never been, only a couple hours away, makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
I kept thinking about this quote and how spot on it was for our family:
“My goal is to be filthy rich. Rich in adventure, in health, in knowledge, in family and in love.”