As with so many bloggers, we are guilty of failing to post for a while. However, we have had a decent excuse because a lot has changed for us in the last few months. WE’VE MOVED! As of May, we have permanently relocated to San Francisco, pursuing a job opportunity for Chris and a much needed change for Brittany. It was a very big decision, and though we’ll always miss our friends and favorite places in LA, we are extremely excited! One thing we’re thrilled about is the access to new and extremely close wilderness adventures. We’ve made it a goal to get out and camp at least one weekend a month. Hopefully talking about it publicly will keep us honest!
Our first attempt at this was a quick overnight trip down to Big Sur to try and find a campground Chris had read about called Prewitt Ridge. It’s a dispersed campground (ie, free place to camp, but no running water or “amenities”). The route called for a 3 hour drive down to Big Sur along US-1. Here, we stopped for lunch at the Big Sur Taphouse, which I highly recommend if you’re traveling through the area. They have a great selection of local beers on tap and surprisingly good food for their “simple bar” feel.
Big Sur Taphouse
After lunch, we had a short 20 minute drive and then a left turn up a 1 lane mountain road that was as beautiful as it was treacherous. The final leg was 5 miles of rough (but passable without four wheel drive) dirt road, which brought us to one of the most beautiful camping locations either of us had ever seen.
The view from the top of Prewitt Ridge.
We had read many reports that this campground was not heavily used. As we came in on Saturday afternoon, we discovered that the majority of the spots were taken. But, after a bit of exploring the maze of roads, we found a wonderful spot all to ourselves. We certainly couldn’t complain, considering it was a beautiful weekend and everything is first come, first serve.
Not a terrible place to spend the night, and the price can’t be beat: FREE!
The Jeep stood guard, and got a its own great view of sunset.
After we setup camp, we did a bit of hiking/exploring, pieced together a quick dinner, and watched one of the best sunsets of our lives!
This was the view from outside the front door of our tent.
After watching the the Moon, Jupiter, and the stars come out, we turned in early so we could wake up early for some mountain biking/exploring!
Coming back-up a bit of the Prewitt Ridge trail. This trail goes all the way to Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean 3,500 ft below.
Sunday morning we went for a quick exploratory MTB trip.
Brittany did great for one of her first times on a mountain bike. We only did a few miles, but covered almost 2000 vertical feet! This made for some very fun down hills and a very long, slow trip back up to camp. The views never stopped though and made the work more than bearable.
Once back at camp, Brittany whipped up some delicious cinnamon buns on the camp stove (who says you need an oven to bake!) We then packed up and headed home. Even though it felt like we’d been gone for days, we made it home by early afternoon. The trip left us smiling from ear to ear, and we’ll definitely be back again. Big Sur is a great meeting spot between San Francisco and LA, and if this post seems like it was designed to lure some of our LA friends up this way, you’re right!
This trip left us all smiles, all weekend. We can’t wait to come back, hopefully with some friends!