I recently drove up the coast, exploring roads I’ve never been on before and taking in the beauty I witnessed. It astonished me that I never took the time to notice and appreciate what this state has to offer.
Part of my trip was spent driving through mountains, but even the sight of the hills tugged at my heart. California is just so picturesque and I’m kicking myself for only realizing how wonderful it is now!
This was my first road trip on my own as an “adult” (I use parenthesis because I still don’t feel like one) and what did I choose for my destination? Big Sur, of course.
I’ve never been to Big Sur and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I decided the only way I was going to be able to get the full experience was to camp, which is also something I’ve never done before. We stayed in a camping resort which I recommend for first timers who are skeptical they can survive in the wilderness. Fernwood Resort is a great place with nice camping grounds and is close to a lot of the cool sights.
People say you can learn a lot about yourself when you take a long trip like this. You not only discover new places, but you uncover pieces of who you are…pieces that you didn’t even know existed.
For example, I didn’t think I would ever be the type of person who liked to camp or who could handle it, but after this experience it has become my new favorite activity! I love sleeping in a tent under the stars even if it’s pretty chilly outside. I love cooking over a campfire even if it takes longer to cook. That is a part of me I never knew I had.
On this trip I learned to really stay in the present, appreciate what is in front of me and to really enjoy every moment. This lesson is priceless. It is so liberating to not be clouded by technology and it was refreshing to simply take it day by day with no means of communicating with the outside world. I was also able to get to know people better this way, makes new friends and get in touch with myself, my goals and my dreams.
So if you were ever debating whether or not to take a road trip in your own state, country, or region I highly suggest you do…you won’t regret it!
Thank you, California, for teaching me so much.