It’s another wet winter for California. This means I’m staying closer to home because snow sports aren’t at the top of my to-do list. With rain in the forecast this past weekend, I took the opportunity to head back to Big Sur. I wanted to check out Calla Lily Valley at Garrapata State Park.
I’m lucky I grew up in the Bay Area. Monterey and Santa Cruz were places my family frequented often. As a kid, the Monterey Bay Aquarium was one of my favorite weekend trips. To this day, it is still one of my favorite zoological institutions. Here’s how to spend a day getting lost at this magical place.
The truth is, I secretly love rainy day weekends. It gives me an excuse to slow down, be lazy, and catch up on things around the house. I was preparing to tuck myself away for the weekend when my friend, Liz from Nipomo, reached out about a getaway to the Stepladder Ranch.
As an avid pop country music fan, farms and ranches are absolutely my thing. Growing up, I also raised pigs in the 4-H program. I was instantly sold on heading down to Cambria on California’s Central Coast to experience the magic.
Considering how close I live to Big Sur, I rarely make it out to this gorgeous bit of California coastline. It doesn’t help that most campsites here are booked out months in advance. I got lucky and managed to find an opening at Kirk Creek Campground back in the spring.
I grabbed a few friends and drove south for a relaxing weekend. We had no plans on the horizon, except for maybe hiking Cone Peak.