Saturday, June 9, 2012

Camping in Big Sur

I thought I would take a moment to share some of my favorite pictures from camping in Big Sur, California.

Randall and I went there last week for our summer vacation trip. We did some very fun things like hiking, driving the coast, and going the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Oh course we camped too, but I didn't really get any pictures of that. Since I don't want to bore you all with the 49 pictures I posted on flickr, I am just going to share my very favorite. Even with my careful elimination this is still a very picture heavy post.

Let start with the beautiful coast.

Ocean view 2

I love the color of the ocean in this picture, I think there may be a paint project coming up with that color soon. 
Ocean view 2

Ocean view 2

Ocean view 2

Ocean view 2

Now on this part of the California coast there really aren't to many places to get down to the actual sand and ocean, but we did find one place at limekilm state park.

Ocean view 2

Now on to the hiking.

hiking in big sur

hiking in big sur

I am actually really proud of the next picture, as it is me at the top where the waterfall is. Now this hike isn't a very long one, but it is a very steep one. I am so happy that I made it!

hiking in big sur

Then we kept going up higher in the other direction and we made it to the valley view. 

hiking in big sur

By the way if you couldn't tell by the me being really proud of myself, I am not an outdoor person and I am not in the best shape right now. I am just happy that I could make that hike up the hill even if it is less than a mile up there. 

We also spent a day at the aquarium. This is one of my favorite places. I have been going here since I was a little girl and my brother was stationed at the defense language institute in Monterey (he was in the army). So the aquarium is always a must see stop for me when we go to the Monterey area. 

sea anemone

My favorite animal is a sea otter, so I always visit them for a long time. 

Sea otter

Then this time was extra fun because they have an exhibit called the jelly experience in addition to their regular jelly section of the aquarium. There were some really neat jellies there. 

jellyfish

Look at those ones glow!

jellyfish

jellyfish

And of course the regular jellies, this is one of my favorite shots of the trip. Again I just love the colors. 

jellyfish

Oh and the sea horse, you can't forget them.

tiny sea horse

He is so tiny. The next one is so fun an big especially in comparison to the little guy above. . 

sea horse

Believe it or not I even found a quilt at the aquarium. It was on loan and a charity item. All the animals are appliqued on. 

Quilt at monterey bay aqauarium

Here are my two favorite. 

Quilt at monterey bay aqauarium

quilt at monterey bay aqauarium

Hope you enjoyed my vacation experience. It was a lot of fun and a great adventure. If you want to see more pictures of each of these areas go visit my flickr page
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2 comments:

  1. Great photos! Such a great trip - we've done it before too. Finding the quilt is awesome. :)

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  2. Love! Especially the jellyfish photos - that is my favourite aquarium EVER! And it was the jellyfish that won me over ;)

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