I haven’t completely decided whether to combine 4 and 5 yet. I’m sure I’ll make that decision before this post comes to an end. I guess you’ll have to wait and see…intrigued? Me too.
Michael and I knew we were going to head north at some point to see this ever-famous Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes National Seashore, but before then…San Francisco! Now remember, as I stated in my previous post, we are currently in our extremely cozy AirBnB bed in Santa Cruz. It took some coaxing to get out of bed and on the road, but adventure will always win that fight. It only took an hour and a half to get there so we stopped by Half Moon Bay on the drive up.
Michael and I differ with our feelings about cities; he loves them and I tolerate them because he loves them. Marriage. I will admit, though, that our day in San Francisco was a blast. It was a nice change of scenery.
I’m going to take a second here just to be completely honest with you, because, why not? I am having a difficult time writing this post. And no, not because I dislike cities that much. But because it has been over a year since this trip. A year! One whole trip around the sun! I apologize to you, to me and to San Francisco. We all deserve better than that. So I can write pretty much anything, and you won’t know if that actually happened and whats better is that I won’t know if it actually happened because I can’t recall everything!
I do know that we walked and walked and walked. Up and down, climbing all the stairs and over the piers; we went all over. But first…coffee. We stopped at Craftsman and Wolves; a delicious spot recommended to us by a friend back at home. We later had lunch at Naked Lunch; a place known for its fantastic fried chicken sandwiches. After walking all those miles, we deserved it! We walked through China Town so Michael could feel at home next to all the chopsticks and red envelopes. We stopped at this incredible industrial-style library bar before heading out of town.
On the road again, it was another hour and a half drive to get to the beautiful, instagram-worthy tree tunnel. We had hoped to get there around sunset; that golden hour does wonders for everything! We went through many windy roads until we finally found it. Fortunately for us, no one was there so we took our time and got all the shots we wanted. Oh! This is an honorable mention. While Michael was there taking pictures of his bride and falling in love all over again…a guy drive his car into the tunnel and set up his fancy camera to get photos of his car…his freakin’ car. That man needs a wife.
We saw the light at the end of the tunnel and finally left to drive through San Francisco heading back to Santa Cruz in hopes of finding a 24 Hour Taco shop, after all, it is Santa Cruz. Wait, wait. No, we didn’t drive through San Francisco. We stopped there so Michael could get a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge at night. “Quick stop?” you ask. No, silly. Not even close. I sat there for over an hour in the cold, dark night. Does anyone else feel that when you’re bored, the cold gets colder and the heat gets hotter? Well, it happened. But…I know who I married. So I waited patiently. Kinda. Not really. I huffed and I puffed. After he revealed his photos, I shut up. They really were breath-taking.
Remember how I said I we were sitting there for awhile and I had been waiting so patiently, like a good little wife…our phones died. With no charger in sight, my anxiety heightened. Don’t worry, my knight-in-shining maps-knowledge knew where to go…until he didn’t. Michael became a little more human in my eyes this night as he circled aimlessly. What do you mean you don’t have the entire world programmed in your head and don’t know every turn?! Who are you?! After hopping on a few different on-ramps and hoping for the best, we started making our way down South. This was not the end of our struggle.
Where the devil was a taco shop? Without a phone we wandered everywhere assuming they would be like the populate-every-corner Starbucks. I mean, we are in Santa Cruz for goodness sake! We eventually found a place where the marijuana blanketed the air and the drunkards lined the guacamole-stained chairs. But! We got our burritos! After eating and watching 1 or 4 new Walking Dead episodes, we fell asleep eager for another full day of adventure in the morning.
Alright. I made my decision.
I’m going to add No. 5 to this one as well. ONLY because I don’t think we did 5 well…we’ll have to do a do-over because it is worth doing well!
BIG SUR, EVERYONE!
So we have seen Santa Cruz, San Francisco and the Cypress Tree Tunnel, so our last day we decided instead of just driving home we would drive through Big Sur. That is no way to see Big Sur because there is so much beauty; its impossible to see all of it in a day. My suggestion is to camp; stay awhile! We grabbed some sandwiches at Gayle’s before leaving Santa Cruz…it will NOT disappoint. Whatever you do, get to Gayle’s! I haven’t had everything there, and I’m pretty upset about it, but I can tell you, get anything there and your life will be better for it.
We finished those sandwiches while watching a baby whale entertain the masses near Monterey. The waters are beautiful along that coastline. Michael took about 462 photos of that whale before he decided we could head out to Big Sur. Much like Gayles, Big Sur did not disappoint. We didn’t take the Highway 1 (the scenic route), but I would suggest you do. We didn’t have cash on us, and they didn’t accept credit card or bribes. So we went around…traffic lights were pretty cool to look at, I guess. Had we not eaten already, we would have stopped at this gorgeous restaurant right on cliffs, Nepenthe, as it overlooks the stunning Pacific. First stop, McWay Falls. You HAVE to see it, absolutely beautiful waters; unlike any blue I had ever seen. There is a waterfall that seems to never end. I’m not big on crowds, and sure there were a lot of people there, but honestly, the view is worth it. One thing I actually like about big nature-focused attractions, is that everyone is there to experience nature; to breathe in the beauty that God created purely for our entertainment. They all just stop for a minute just to live in that moment. I’d challenge you next time you go to something like this, put your phone away. At least for a little bit. Take it in. Be outside without seeing outside through a screen. Put your phone away. Just be. Reconnect with the outdoors, your friends, yourself and your Creator.
We enjoyed the beauty for awhile before heading onto our last stop; Bixby Bridge. McWay Falls and Bixby Bridge are the two most photographed areas in Big Sur, but for good reason. Make sure you stop at these places, as well as exploring and finding some of your own! Do Big Sur better than we did!
Until you’re able to make it out to San Francisco or Big Sur or wherever, go find something new about your town to fall in love with!