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Aug 18 2014
Randal_Schulha
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Big Sur Coastline - August 2014, CA 
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Backpack49.08 Miles 2,040 AEG
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Big Sur Coastline - August 2014
FitBit totals = 49.08 miles, 2040 AEG (204 floors)



BACKGROUNDER
I’ve had a couple of previous opportunities to visit the Big Sur Coastline of California. Pacific Coast Highway return trip home after Hannah's wedding in Oregon :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=20147 required a definite redux in the Big Sur area. I also had a chance to visit during a July business trip to Cupertino :next: profile.php?u=5929&ID=46#T__105602_______1

With my August participation with a medical team in Leh Ladakh Kashmir India pushed out to October, had an opportunity to take my wife on a 30th wedding anniversary wish to the "Big Sur Coastline"...

Some things to consider;

1. Big Sur beaches :next: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/beaches.html
2. Kayaking in Monterey ? :next:
http://www.montereybaykayaks.com
http://www.seemonterey.com/things-to-do ... /kayaking/
http://www.adventuresbythesea.com
3. Monterey Bay Aquarium :next: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org
4. Whale spotting along Big Sur Coast
5. Giant redwood hike
6. Big Sur history :next: www.bigsurhistory.org
7. Dogs are pretty much NOT welcome anywhere in Big Sur...



THE PLAN

Mon 8/18 - Ahwatukee AZ to Marriott base camp #1 in Monterey CA :next: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -marriott/
709 miles, 10 hours 25 minutes per Google Maps Confirmation 88321895, 80,000 points Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal, Monterey CA, 93940

Tue 8/19 - explore Monterey CA
Monterey Aquarium :next: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19459
Shoreline Stroll Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14425
Should consider Point Lobos State Reserve, North Shore Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17784

Wed 8/20 - Monterey to Glen Oaks base camp #2 along Big Sur River in the redwood forest :next: http://glenoaksbigsur.com
30 miles, 0 hours 44minutes per Google Maps Confirmation P433714A6627, $249.62 pre-paid on Visa Glen Oaks Big Sur Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920 Hiking in Big Sur :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com The "must see trails" :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/mustsee.html
McWay Waterfall Trail :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_mcwayfalls.html
Ewoldsen Redwoods Trail :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_ewoldsen.html
Partington Cove Trail :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_partingtoncove.html

Thu 8/21 - Glen Oaks Big Sur to Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites base camp #3 :next: http://www.avilalighthousesuites.com
116 miles, 2 hours 45 minutes per Google Maps Confirmation 211148994, $398.60 Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites
550 Front Street, Avila Beach CA, 93424

Fri 8/22 - Avila Beach CA to Ahwatukee AZ
575 miles, 8 hours 37 minutes per Google Maps Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16084



THE TREK

Mon 8/18 - Ahwatukee AZ to Marriott base camp #1 in Monterey CA :next: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -marriott/
Arrived at base camp dinner time-ish by the ocean shore to a foggy Monterey Bay where I joined onto Hwy 1, Pacific Coast Highway.
Ok, so it really took almost 12 hours door-to-door. Stopped in a surprisingly active oil field near I-5 and CA46. Lost Hill Oil Well purchase :next: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Hills_Oil_Field
Walked Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail out to Lover's Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19459
Also saw cleanup from the weekend vintage car auction :next: http://www.rmauctions.com/results/resul ... eCode=MO14 Amazing to see six-figure cars all stored outside in the sea-mist waiting for pick-up! Finished up walking the dunes and shoreline trails and over to Laguna Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14425 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13171

Fitbit Totals = 9.37 miles and 150 AEG


Tue 8/19 - explore Monterey CA
We picked up our Monterey Bay Aquarium passes at the front desk of the Marriott Hotel the night before. Pass is good for 2 consecutive days creating multiple options for us. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org
The Aquarium is awesome - hard to improve upon. Loved the modern blend of functional architecture with local history - the entire building is an ode to local cannery row lore. As each hour passed at the Aquarium, the crowd multiplied. We decided to check out for lunch. The Cannery Row Brewing Company was noted on the morning walk from the hotel to the aquarium. Much to my disappointment this is not a brewery. Although some craft brews are on tap, none were local (unless you call San Diego local for Monterey) :next: http://www.canneryrowbrewingcompany.com
This area could be called "ground zero" for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" :next: http://www.canneryrow.com/john-steinbeck.php
Lynn and I then headed to another "brew pub", Peter B's Brew Pub :next: http://www.portolahotel.com/#dining/brewpub/about
Crap, it doesn't open until 4pm daily. Ok, we had to settle for the faux English Pub (Crown & Anchor Monterey) across the road from the Marriott :next: http://crownandanchor.net Whale Watching up next from Fisherman's Wharf. The Princess Monterey took us to the Monterey Canyon off Moss Landing where we saw a couple dozen humpback whale breaches and many more surface grazings! Monterey Canyon is reported to be the undersea equivalent of the Grand Canyon matching depth and length and provides the diverse ecosystem to support the abundant marine life found in Monterey Bay :next: http://www.montereywhalewatching.com and www.montereycanyon.com After dinner walk out to Point Pinos Lighthouse :next: www.pointpinos.org and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19513
Rooftop night long exposure shots? Did that plus a few around Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. Wrapped up catching last call at Peter B's Brew Pub - excellent cherrywood barrel aged porter and buffalo chili topped with Monterey Jack cheese (of course).

Fitbit Totals = 10.90 miles and 260 AEG


Wed 8/20 - Monterey to Glen Oaks base camp #2 along Big Sur River in the redwood forest.
Morning redux of Monterey Bay Aquarium (pass is good for 2 consecutive days). After pulling out base camp #1, headed out 17 mile scenic drive from Point Pinos Lighthouse to Spanish Bay to Pebble Beach to Carmel-By-The-Sea. http://independenttravelcats.com/2013/1 ... alifornia/ and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/17-Mile_Drive and http://media.pebblebeach.com/images/sto ... -drive.pdf Search for the "Lone Monterey Cypress :next: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupressus_macrocarpa
Also need to find the pullout between Carmel and Rocky Creek Bridge for tide pool exploration :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=432293 and http://hikearizona.com/map.php?LAT=36.4 ... 2&Z=15&M=6 (found it! - dubbed this a new HAZ mini-description "Big Sur Coastline - Malpaso Creek to Soberanes Creek"). Poked in the tide pools - almost like an extension of the touch pools at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Stopped at Garrapata State Park Beach :next: http://www.californiasbestbeaches.com/p ... beach.html Access from the west side of Hwy 1. There is a fairly new set of wooden stairs leading to the beach. The surf is considered hazardous here and we could see why with some spectacular waves hitting the shores today! Did the obligatory stop at Bixby Bridge and headed non-stop to base camp #2. Checked into room 15 at Glen Oaks in Village of Big Sur to establish base camp #2. Settled in and then hiked down to the redwood grove beside Big Sur River.

Fitbit Totals = 11.10 miles and 530 AEG


Thu 8/21 - Glen Oaks Big Sur to Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites base camp #3 Checked out Pfeifer Big Sur State Park (north) and Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park (south) :next: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570 and http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/570/files ... ut2013.pdf
Note that these are two different parks albeit reasonably close together. 2008 Basin Fire has closed many of the trails in the north park, so we headed south. First stop of the day was in a Hwy 1 pullout because Lynn thought she saw whales - turns out plural was very correct as we saw about a dozen humpbacks in coordinated feeding mode. This would mark just the beginning of our whale sightings for the day. Think every stop today that had an ocean view that featured whale sightings!
Partington Cove Trail :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_partingtoncove.html
McWay Waterfall Trail :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_mcwayfalls.html
Ewoldsen Redwoods Trail :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_ewoldsen.html
Mill Creek picnic lunch (after $20+ purchase at Lucia General store) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19444
Pacific Valley Beach - IMO this was the best beach along Big Sur Coastline (Orca sighting topped it off! Throw in some dolphins for extra measure...). Although this was our first visit to this beach, there was an “air of familiarity” to this beach. Don’t know why – location for commercials/movie scenes perhaps?
Pacific Valley Beach (just north of Pacific Valley Flats noted on HAZ) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13888 and http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_pacval.html
Sand Dollar Beach :next: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_sanddollar.html
For what we originally thought was Sand Dollar Beach, turned out to be Point Sierra Nevada Beach (part of San Simeon State Park) :next: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/590/files ... re2009.pdf
Elephant Seal Vista provided multiple wildlife options with some Blue Whales offshore and the namesake Elephant Seals on the beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19434
Drove through San Simeon and stopped at the local beach before heading to Morro Bay.
Morro Rock Vista :next: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morro_Rock
After establishing base camp #3, did an evening stroll of Avila Beach. Avila Beach walking tour :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16084

Fitbit Totals = 12.49 miles and 1050 AEG


Fri 8/22 - Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites base camp #3 to Ahwatukee AZ Morning walk on the beach followed by a leisurely breakfast on our oceanfront patio before the 600 mile sprint home. It was very fitting that a giant sea weasel (aka sea otter) made an appearance in the Avila Beach surf just as we were wrapping up our walk before heading home.



THE FITBIT TOTALS
Monday = 9.37 miles, 150 AEG (15 floors)
Tuesday = 10.91 miles, 260 AEG (26 floors)
Wednesday = 11.10 miles, 530 AEG (53 floors)
Thursday = 12.56 miles and 1050 AEG (105 floors)
Friday = 5.14 miles and 50 AEG (5 floors)
TOTALS = 49.08 miles and 2040 AEG



THE HAZ DESTINATIONS

1. HAZ Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19459
2. HAZ Shoreline Stroll Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14425
3. HAZ Laguna Grand Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13171
4. Point Pinos Lighthouse :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19513
5. HAZ 17 Mile Scenic Drive :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19518
6. HAZ Spanish Bay to Bird Rock Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14560
7. HAZ Point Joe to Bird Rock Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14016
8. HAZ Big Sur Coastline - Malpaso Creek to Soberanes Creek :next: http://hikearizona.comr/decoder=19517
9. HAZ Garrapata Beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19516
10. HAZ Bixby Bridge - Big Sur Coastline :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19443
11. HAZ Glen Oaks Big Sur Redwood Grove Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19514
12. HAZ Partington Cove Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19522
13. HAZ Ewoldsen Redwoods Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12500
14. HAZ McWay Waterfall Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19523
15. HAZ Mill Creek Picnic Area :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19444
16. HAZ Pacific Valley Beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13888
17. HAZ Sand Dollar Beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14326
18. HAZ Point Sierra Nevada Beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19533
19. HAZ Elephant Seal Vista :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19434
20. HAZ San Simeon Bay Beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19534
21. HAZ Morro Rock :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16085
22. HAZ Avila Beach :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16084



I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
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Randal_Schulha
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Randal_Schulhauser
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Big Sur Coastline CA - Saturday July 12th, 2014
FitBit totals = 7.02 miles, 510 AEG (51 floors)



BACKGROUNDER
Pacific Coast Highway return trip home after Hannah's wedding in Oregon :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=20147 required a definite redux in the Big Sur area beyond some of the HAZ noted descriptions;

HAZ Big Sur Coast Highway :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15640

HAZ Elephant Seal Vista Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19434


With a planned business trip to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino CA (see :next: ) and a base-camp to be established at Courtyard Cupertino Marriott, 10605 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino CA, 95014 ( see :next: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-ph ... cupertino/ ), thought I'd "front-end" the trip with some exploration of Big Sur and Yosemite with a goal to capture long exposure dusk image of Bixby Bridge ( see :next: http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg ) and an Ansel Adams-like shot of Yosemite Valley (see :next: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/four_ ... _point.jpg and http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 ).


Google maps indicated travel distance from Cupertino base-camp to the north end of Big Sur Coast was 83 miles with 1 hour 22 minutes travel time. Travel from Carmel CA (north end of Big Sur) to San Simeon CA (south end of Big Sur) - distance on Hwy 1, Pacific Coast Hwy is about 90 miles with 2 hours 30 minutes travel time. See :next: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/map.html

Bixby Bridge :next: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bixby_Creek_Bridge and http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg and http://photography.nationalgeographic.c ... alifornia/

Big Sur beaches :next: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/beaches.html



THE TREK

Arrived at base camp lunchtime-ish and headed in the rental vehicle towards the Pacific Ocean. Arrived at the ocean shore to a foggy Monterey Bay where I joined onto Hwy 1, Pacific Coast Highway.

First stop was an isolated pullout with some interesting coastline somewhere between Carmel and Rocky Creek Bridge. I lingered for some time poking in the tide pools and watching what seemed to be a million crabs moving in and out of just about every crack in the rock. If you have a crustacean phobia, this is not a place for you...

Next stop, Rocky Creek Bridge. As I was snapping a shot of the concrete arch, the San Francisco Exotic Car Club pulled up - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Ford GTs, Porsches, and my current fav, Audi R8's. Must say that the Porsches looked rather vanilla next to these exotics. The lead driver thought they were stopping at the Bixby Creek Bridge. I told him he's got a mile or two further south to reach it and that I'd soon see them there...

Bixby Creek Bridge was next on the list. I found my spot to set up for a long exposure shot. With it being only 4pm and sunset not until 8:30pm, it was time to explore further south along the Big Sur Coastline.

Multiple stops along the coast until I reached the Mill Creek Picnic Ground. This is a hidden nook that has a parking lot and restrooms plus a rocky beach to catch the setting sun. I had stopped at a hotel/general store in nearby Lucia to grab some dinner snacks. So there I was on a giant boulder, snacking away while catching the setting sun. All was right in the world...

Made my way back to Bixby Creek Bridge to experiment with long exposure shots capturing streaking lights of passing vehicles. My only challenge was extremely light traffic passing by on a Saturday night!



THE HAZ DESTINATIONS

HAZ Big Sur Coast Highway :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15640
HAZ Bixby Creek Bridge :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19443
HAZ Mill Creek Picnic Area :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19444



I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
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