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A Road Trip Down California’s Coast: Big Sur

by Lisa on December 4, 2012 in California,Slideshow Features,USA

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 “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!”

California Dreamin’

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.

Lisa Lubin 1989 Grandma in San Francisco

Me and New Friend                                                                   …and Grandma

Big Sur

And now twenty some odd years later, I am finally back in beautiful Big Sur.

Big Sur Wheat Grasses

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

Bixby Bridge

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…

Bixby Bridge Fog

All I Saw of Bixby Bridge – Then

 

Big Sur Panorama

Big Sur Panorama

 

McWay Falls

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!

Senior Art Exhibit Invite

Oh, Zaph Chancery

 

McWay Falls on Film

McWay Falls – Then on my film camera

 

Big Sur - McWay Falls

McWay Falls – Now on my DSLR

 

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.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Bessie December 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

It’s cool to see the contrast of a few decades in your photos! I love going to places that I went when I was younger – just being in the same place sends you back to another place in time. :)

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Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I did love finding my old photos. Who am I kidding? I’ve loved taking photos since then and had them organized in an album with the rest of mine!:)

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Andi December 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My goodness these photos are gorgeous! I LOVE this part of the world!!!!

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Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Thanks Andi! It really is breathtaking there. So much in the USA is. We are lucky for such a diverse landscape in our own backyard.

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Bill W December 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

It’s amazing how much has changed when you go back to a place after 20 years. You’ll stand in the same places, viewing the same things, breathing in the same smells, and everything will be different. The passage of time has taught you to appreciate different things than you did previously. And that is a wonderful thing, because it means every time you visit a place, it’s always a new experience.

Thank you for sharing these photos from the two trips.

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Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thanks so much Bill. So true. Experiences can be altered by all kinds of things…for me mostly the people i meet and connect with.

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Sofie December 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

So cool you did that trip with your grandmother!
It looks like a great one too. I’m saving this for later!

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Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Thanks Sofie! I was lucky to have such a cool grandma who took me with her!

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Christy December 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I was just in Big Sur for Thanksgiving. It’s becoming a Thanksgiving tradition with friends and I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to spend an annual trip. There are so many great things to photograph!

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Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

That sounds great Christy! Where do you stay?

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Chinese Holiday Visa December 8, 2012 at 5:36 am

Such beautiful photos! Sounds like a memorable trip with grandmother..

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town January 18, 2013 at 3:45 am

The photos are so nice and so with the place it self…beautiful.

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Ben January 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I love the retrospective! I’m lucky to live in California, and I have made this road trip a few times. I added a link to this page on my own post about Big Sur: http://blog.burnerphotography.com/2012/08/big-sur-ca.html

Cheers!

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island March 4, 2013 at 6:33 am

You have such a nice photos. I’m looking forward to see more of it.

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Lisa March 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thanks!

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