California’s Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most epic destinations for any road tripper. Set amongst the coastal redwoods and marble cliffs, Big Sur is a sight. Even the most travel weathered explorer is compelled to stop and drink in the calming vistas.
After camping the Southwest the week prior (Mojave, Glen Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon) I was off to Santa Cruz to shoot some surfing and film for a video profile about my work. A few days in SC provided ample opportunity to catch up with friends, find some new ones, and make some interesting images for a future magazine article. Verve Coffee is my go to spot in town in case you were wondering.
On my journey South I decided it appropriate to take the detour along California State Route 1 to see what I can see. I timed the drive in conjunction with the setting sun and was thrilled to be shooting in such dynamic lighting. Cell service was spotty and the only radio station that would tune was National Public Radio, very apropos. I cruised while listening to NPR report on the NSA and it’s spying techniques all the while my eyes drunk with beauty. A bit of my own surveillance turned up a mother whale with her calf amid a barking colony of seals, just 100 yards from the shore on which I stood. The rise and fall of these giant Grey’s made me feel relaxed. I watched them surface and visibly breathe the same air I was exhaling.
I would recommend visiting Big Sur, bring a tent or just drive through. Either way, come and see.