South of Big Sur Highway 1 climbs high, gets windy and gives stunning views of the Calfornia Coast, with kelp beds, big surf, seals, few beaches, and big cliffs. Since STAYCATION (close to home vacation to save money and support the local economy) has become the latest fashion in America, and parks are closing due to the state of California being broke, it is virtually impossible for a tourist to get a camping spot in the summer.
This led us to the magic picnic ground of Mill Creek just South of Lucia and to an inspiring evening and morning with our neighbours Dillon and Mike, who turned out to be the band California Harmony Project. We ate the last filets of the king salmon from La Push, Washington at a sunset dinner and drank enough wine so a ranger could not possibly ask us to leave in the middle of the night as we were above the limit by then.
The next morning they gave us a wonderfully mellow concert in Jack Johnson / Donovan Frankenreiter style. Robinson was introduced to the art Hackey Sack and Sienna was given a harmonica which she loves.
One of the coolest spots on this entire coast has to be sand dollar beach just 10 miles south. A great camp ground, and a secluded half moon beach with great surfing and lots of space for the kids to play all those beach games. It was also the first spot where I could take my booties off and the kids could jump in the water and stay for a while. In the evenings it was true surf community with lots of tents, families, camp fires, surfboards, and a big sense of California community. I love this spot!!
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