“I’m planning a big trip down the California coast this summer,” my grandma told me during one of her visits to our house in New Jersey.
“I want to go!” I burst out. As a teenager, I was already ‘California dreamin’.”
She said, “let’s do it!”
It was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I was about to turn 17-years-old and I was going to take my first trip to the west coast – a land of sun and sand and cute California guys. It was a fantasyland that I’d only seen in the movies. Although I wasn’t sure if we would make good travel partners with me being more than fifty years her junior, but I really wanted to see California. So away we went.
Me and New Friend …and Grandma
And now twenty some odd years later, I am finally back in beautiful Big Sur.
This is where the western edge of the U.S. plunges dramatically into the sea. Here, Highway One, one of the country’s most scenic drives, hugs craggy cliffs high above the ocean’s rim. Dramatic thousand-foot ledges drop off into the Pacific Ocean, stunning bridges span inconceivable chasms, and towering coastal Redwoods populate forests just uphill from the foamy sea. It’s a wonderful mix of sea and forest air all in one dramatic and peaceful place.
Bixby Bridge at Dusk – Now
Bixby Bridge spans rainbow canyon and at 260 feet high, it is one of the world’s highest single span bridges. The first time I was here, the frequent fog obscured most of my view…
All I Saw of Bixby Bridge – Then
I was very excited to return to McWay Falls in Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park, as one of the views I remembered most. Why? Because as my love of photography grew in high school, I snapped a photo here with my Ricoh-XRM SLR that I was proud enough to use for my invitation to my exhibit at the Senior Art Show later that year. Check out the back of the card (the front was the photo) that was created on the first Mac I ever used in my art/photography class at Randolph High School. This was when Zaph Chancery was cool!
Oh, Zaph Chancery
McWay Falls – Then
McWay Falls – Now
Disclosure: Samsung was responsible for my trip to California and for gifting me the Samsung Galaxy SIII that shot some of the photos shown here. As always the views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of Samsung.