May 17, 2012
Big Sur Bakery
does anyone know what the flower below is called?
Road trips with friends are special, especially when you're with an old friend you haven't seen in a while; time in the car is spent catching up on lives and happenings (including a fair amount of gossip), cracking jokes, and snacking on chocolate chip cookies made just for the occasion. When said road trip takes place on U.S. 1 through Big Sur, there's no doubt a shared sense of awe and reverence at the beauty of the surroundings.
We drove the meandering two-lane highway from Monterey to San Simeon, hugging the Pacific on one side, the edges of the Los Padres National Forest on the other. I took mental notes of interesting landmarks and campsites, vista points and small towns we passed, making a promise to come back again and pause a little longer the next time.
Our destination was the Hearst Castle (north of San Luis Obispo) but we made a planned pit stop to Big Sur Bakery on the way as I'd heard so much about it. I ordered a mocha, and we bought a lemon curd-filled donut and apple strudel to go. Flanking the bakery and restaurant we discovered the colorful and delightful Big Sur Spirit Garden as well as the one-room schoolhouse you see above. Just a cool little spot all around. Luckily I live only an hour away so I could easily see this area becoming a day retreat. Will share some photos of Hearst Castle soon; it deserves its own post.