“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr.
Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Big Sur
A little over a year ago, I had shared a post ( Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur…) on a memorable road trip I took to Big Sur, California with my then husband to be. What made that a particularly poignant memory was the fact that it was part of a surprise marriage proposal, and my first time in California. We flew in from New York, spent time with old friends in San Francisco and Oakland, and then headed out for our destination points. Aside from our long and languid drive up the Big Sur coastline, we stopped and spent time by the ocean, at a wonderful restaurant – Nepenthe, and a few nights at The Esalen Institute. For this challenge, I mapped out the area we covered specific to our Big Sur trip, and excluded the fact that our journey, our road-trip, began in San Francisco… But I suspect you might have imagined that; we all must begin somewhere.
“The map is not the territory.” Alfred Korzybski
Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Esalen
Weekly Writing Challenge: Mapping A Journey Of Love… Nepenthe
As we prepared for our trip, we asked friends for ideas and they suggested a meal at the famous Nepenthe Restaurant; a former cabin lodge set high on a hill overlooking the Big Sur coastline and the Pacific ocean. The beauty of the ocean from our high point was quite striking and it made it difficult to focus on the meal we had. I know we had seafood, salad, and probably dessert, but my heart was drawn to the ocean and that mesmerizing slice of the coastline. We spent a few nights at the Esalen Institute which was known as the Big Sur Hot Springs for several months before it became the Esalen Institute. Our quarters were elegant yet simple. The food was bountiful; an organic, vegetarian feast. What I loved about our stay at Esalen was the chance to enjoy the hot spring tubs perched on the side of the mountain, overlooking the ocean below. It was a fantastic experience… The ocean views were amazing from our outdoor dip in the hot tub. I could feel the breeze from the ocean and the occasional spray of cool ocean water; quite surreal. More below.
Posted in Love Life, Positive Advice, Posts & Photos 2013
Tagged big sur, communication, DPchallenge, Google maps, Happiness, inspiration, life, meditation, Musings, postaday, reflections, travel
“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Kevin Arnold
Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur...
Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur...
Years ago, before I got married and raised a family, my husband to be took me on a memorable road trip to the magnificent Big Sur area in California. It is a 90 miles spectacular coastline from the Carmel River south to the San Carpoforo Creek, in the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. The terrain is breathtaking and the winding highway 1 along the coastline would captivate and stun you. On our trip, my first to California, we made sure to drive the length of Big Sur, stopping at various spots to either enjoy the ocean, dipping our feet in the roiling water and walking the fairly rocky beach, or pausing to take pictures of the stunning views. There is a certain pulsating strength you feel around Big Sur; the sheer size and wide open beauty is mesmerizing and, perhaps for some, overwhelming. For years, the area was a major attraction to writers and artists, including at one point, as per Wikipedia, Robinson Jeffers, Henry Miller, Richard Brautigan, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac and a host of other creative types. It remains a popular tourist attraction to many.
“Memory: a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.” Pierce Harris
Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur... Nepenthe Restaurant...
Reflections: Memories Of Big Sur... Bixby Creek bridge
Before our trip, we had consulted with friends who suggested we enjoy a meal at the famous Nepenthe Restaurant; a former cabin lodge set high on a hill overlooking the Big Sur coastline and the Pacific ocean. I remember being quite struck by the beauty of the ocean from our high point that it was difficult to focus on the meal we had. I know it included seafood and salad, but my heart was drawn to the ocean and that slice of coastline calling my name. We stayed at the Esalen Institute which was known as the Big Sur Hot Springs for several months before it became the Esalen Institute. Our quarters were elegant but simple and the food was an organic, vegetarian feast. What I loved about our stay at Esalen was the chance to enjoy the hot spring tubs perched on the side of the mountain, overlooking the ocean below… The entire experience of being outdoors in a hot tub, feeling the breeze from the ocean and the occasional spray of ocean water was surreal. The ocean views were also truly amazing while crossing Bixby Creek bridge. More below.
Posted in Love Life, Positive Advice, Posts & Photos 2012
Tagged big sur, Happiness, inspiration, life, memories, Musings, nature, postaday, reflections, stories, travel