Big Sur

So, it's been a while since I started posting again, but I'm going to use an awesome trip to Big Sur as inspiration for another post... sorta like a re-re-rededication. oh yeah and not to mention it was all thanks to our awesome friends Blythe and Jordan's wedding!!

We left early Friday morning to set out to San Simeon to see Hearst Castle and get our rest before another long drive which has become much more difficult with Alyssa being 32 weeks pregnant. 👶🏻

The weather was ridiculous. Super foggy, raining, with mud and puddles everywhere. The drive was quite boring since it was impossible to see the surroundings until we got to a point on the 101 driving through miles and miles of green hills.

We arrived in San Simeon at around 2pm. We stayed at the Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort (loved this place). We joked because it is literally on the water with a patch of grass and a few fire pits between your porch and the ocean, but it was so foggy, you could only smell the ocean.

We grabbed a snack and headed to Hearst Castle at around 3, and we were able to get on an earlier tour so that we could spend the remainder of our day up in the castle.

Although the weather was gnarly, wet and freezing, we were able to have an awesome time up there. I was floored. These kinds of things are definitely my jam. The early 1900’s with the addition of an awesome story of redemption, insane amounts of money, massive architecture feats, and process works of art from all countries around the world in all time periods. I could go on forever but her are a few pics of what I mean... It made me want to be in art history major. Also to give a mood, Spotify Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" and picture Great Gatsby-like settings with the addition of a castle and thousands of lights and balconies overlooking the ocean from a hilltop. 👌🏼

Afterwards we went to Seaside Bar & Grill, which looked kind of shifty but actually ended up being delicious. Then we headed back to our room to sit by the fire and get some shut eye.

The next morning we went to Cambria and had breakfast at The Cambria café. Alyssa and I loved Cambria it's a small town with some good shops and scenery. then came part two of the long drive to Big Sur. 

This drive was pretty wicked. Long stretches of weaving roads in combination with foggy cliffs made for a scene out of Jurassic Park, I was half expecting a pterodactyl to appear out of the fog and take our car! Rockslides mudslides and windy lanes don't mix with speeding on-coming traffic and one way roads. It took us a while but we made it at 1:30 PM at the Fernwood resort in time for the beautiful ceremony. 

Although it poured the entire wedding we all had so much fun listening to toasts, loving and kind words from everyone, and even some homemade cookies from an awesome group of kids! We had so much fun and we are so happy for our new married friends!

That was one of the coldest/wettest nights I've ever experienced, Lyss and I were drenched and it was foggy and 1 o'clock in the morning so driving mountain roads was an adventure! 

The next morning clouds opened up it was a beautiful sunny drive home, but first course you have to stop for in and out. We made our way through wine country, elephant seal stops, and beach cities and ended up in the town of Solvang. I see the draw here but my personal opinion is that it was definitely overrated. Aside from the cute Dutch architecture and amazing baked goods, I can't see myself spending more than a day there without wanting to see the beautiful views from the drive getting there.