Big Sur is breathtaking. It’s rich with beautiful hills, cliffs, spring blooms, thick forests, and a dramatic coastline. One of my favorite places to soak it all in is located inside Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It is from the Overlook Trail within the state park, that you get to peek at one of Big Sur’s finest views, The McWay Waterfall. The McWay Waterfall is stunning. It’s one of the few waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the ocean at high tide. It’s also a sight that is best presented through imagery, and I hope we’ve captured a bit of the waterfall’s essence in these photos. Words just don’t do it justice. Take a look yourself, and if you’re ever in Big Sur, make sure you visit the McWay Falls. It’s an experience that will stay with you forever.
I had my first guest in California this past weekend. My brother was in town checking out San Francisco and Chinatown was high on my sister-in-law’s list of “must sees.” Of course, I happily obliged. I hadn’t visited Chinatown yet and was instantly drawn in by the blast of bright color and the spirit of the neighborhood decor.
Needless to say, lunch was fantastic. I had a delicious plate of Sweet and Sour Chicken and a piping hot cup of tea, which was perfect. The weather was cool and rainy which added to the ambiance of Chinatown. It felt great to have family in California and it was bittersweet to see them off, but it was a memorable day. A rainy day in Chinatown makes for a great escape.
Santa Cruz is home to one of the first beaches that I visited when I came to Northern California. I had heard of Santa Cruz so often that it was a bit surreal to step foot in its sands for the first time. Fact: It was the first time I had ever seen surfers which I may have found very exciting, but that’s just between you and me.
As soon as we arrived, we walked the main beach and made our way to the pier for dinner. I had never eaten fresh California seafood before, and I indulged in what were definitely the best crab cakes I’ve ever tasted. The view from the pier was stunning, and the call of the seagulls and the sound of sea lions at play made the whole thing intoxicating. I haven’t visited again since we’ve moved here, but it’s on the list. I’m well overdue for a good crab cake.