Carmel, California

On our way to Carmel, we stopped at Point Lobos and wandered through the trees and along the coastline.  We were told there would be whales, but they were apparently gone for the day.  We did however see a deer, which prompted the singing of “Do a deer, a female deer. . .”  So that happened.

In Carmel, we walked along the beach towards one of the golf courses at Pebble Beach, and also drove along 17-mile drive.  Although there are 21 “points of interest,” I was really only interested in Point 16—“The Lone Cyprus,” where I took a bunch of photographs.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur

Greg and I “hiked” in Big Sur, both to McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and to Pfeiffer Falls in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  McWay Falls is beautiful, and easy to get to without even breaking a sweat.  I’d recommend parking on the street, and not in the parking lot, which is practically the same width as the trail.  Pfeiffer Falls 11 miles to the north isn’t nearly as majestic (at least during a drought), but it’s a good 2-mile round trip hike through redwood trees.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Muir Woods, California

Jude and I went to Muir Woods on our way back from Napa.  There are signs not to talk in the forest, you know, because trees can be so testy when woken.

According to this website, the giant Redwoods there are between 600 and 800 years old.  One of the trees had been splayed open for visitors, so that you could count the rings.  A little girl standing next to us counted the thicker white rings and said, “Mommy, that tree is only four years old!”  Clearly, a future arborist.

For more information about planning a visit to Muir Woods, click here.

By the way, while I did edit these photos slightly, the trees really were that green!

Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, California 94941

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Big Sur, California

Debating whether to take a road trip along the California Coast?  Do it.  And definitely stop in Big Sur (but be sure to fill up your gas tank before).  Famous for its views, and its expensive gas, Big Sur is one of my favorite places on the planet.

These are photos from a road trip several years ago.

© Sarah Milstein 2013