After spending the morning determining what we were going to do since the National Parks are open, we went back down to Big Sur to go to some beautiful California state parks. (By the way, the parks were being nice and giving full refunds, the places in San Francisco and Napa, not so much, so unfortunately the niceness of the National Parks meant we had to cancel on them. Nice guys really do finish last. We will go back there though – maybe in the spring).
The first park we went to was the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The water there is so beautiful. It reminded us of the Caribbean. We took a walk to an overlook of McWay Falls (third picture) which drops over 80 feet onto the beach. The park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a respected resident and rancher in the Big Sur region in the early 20th century, who lived in the area for much of her life.
The next picture was actually taken along the highway on the way to the park. It is really good that there are only so many places that you can stop along California Highway 1 or we would never have made it anywhere for Don stopping to take pictures.
Our next stop was Pfieffer Big Sur State Park. It is named after John Pfeiffer, who lived in a cabin on the property beginning in 1884. He was the son of Michael Pfeiffer and Barbara Laquet, who immigrated from Germany and were amongst the first European settlers in the area. It is called the “mini Yosemite” and it is. It has Redwood trees and a waterfall (next two pictures), all of which are much smaller than the ones at Yosemite, but very beautiful.
Our last stop was Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. It is a marine preserve and is absolutely beautiful. One part of it is popular with local scuba divers and harbor seals and California sea lions can be seen there most of the time. We heard a lot of them, but did not really see many since they were on a rock that was directly in front of the setting sun. Francis McComas, a famous landscape artist, called this park the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” We have not seen them all, so we cannot concur, but it certainly is beautiful.