Unattainable beaches

When we were in Big Sur, looking down at McWay Falls, all we could think about was getting to the beautiful pristine beach below. If I recall correctly, it's accessible only during low tide. Well a couple of days later we ended up at yet another lookout with a beach that we couldn't access.

Anyways, after Fern Canyon we made our way towards High Bluff Lookout. It was just a parking lot with 2 trails. It was nothing spectacular but the views were nice. Branching off one of the trails was another overgrown trail that must have lead to the beach at some point, but it was roped off and had a sign that said beach access was no longer available. I'm assuming that there was some sort of slide blocking the trail. Id love to back and try to find another access point, we just didnt have the time (that seems to be the theme of the trip). We thought that it would be awesome to go back to some of these places with kayaks so that we could get to these beaches no matter the tide schedule or conditions. Maybe a short term goal for me would be to be able to kayak in a straight line instead of a circle.

Have I mentioned that we love the beach? The only thing that I love as much as the beach is an adorable beach town. A beach city with a lighthouse and a cheap, laid back restaurant for fish and chips and beer? Check and check and check.

In which we find our way to the beach again

Before we moved to Portland, we were always at the beach. We lived just a block from the ocean (and kick ourselves every day for leaving) and nearly spent every free moment out on the sand. Then we decided to move to Portland where the beach was 2 hours away. And still we found ourselves driving to the coast almost every weekend, where we would spend entire days on the sand. So it's no surprise that our vacations somehow end up with us at the beach.

After leaving Carmel, we made a slight detour to head toward Big Sur. I hadn't been there since high school and Timothy had never been. The drive was pretty, but unfortunately the waterfall (McWay falls) we were excited to see was pretty dry because of this stinking drought.

On the way back though we stopped at an AMAZING barbecue spot, Big Sur Roadhouse so the drive was well worth it. Seriously we need to talk about this place for a minute. The cute orange branding and the old truck are what caught our attention. 

We ended up on the patio where they were smoking or barbecuing or whatever they were doing to the food right outside. Of course we had to cool off with a couple beers and then we ordered the best tri tip sandwich I have ever had. I'm not sure if I have ever had a tri tip sandwich before, but I know this was the best. The tri tip was sliced really thin so that it got sort of crispy and oh man my mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

We want to plan another trip to spend more time at Big Sur, and its not BECAUSE of this restaurant but it will be a strong motivating factor. And next time I need to save room for a float with homemade ice cream.

Once we were full beyond belief, we headed out towards Arcata.  We found ourselves at another crappy motel, but by now we are seasoned pros at slumming it. We woke up and headed to breakfast because I cant function without waffles and coffee, at least while on vacation. We went to the Big Blue Cafe which we will 100% go back to next time we are in the area. I keep getting sidetracked by food. But anyways we needed fuel for the next leg of our trip, and I'm finally getting to the beach part.

So we knew we were near the coast, even though we couldn't see it from where we were staying. We decided to head out and see what we could find. We saw signs for an elk viewing area and obviously followed them. The signs never led us to elk, but we did happen upon a dirt road which we decided to take. I mean we didn't buy a Subaru for nothing. Glad that we did, because this road led us to Gold Bluff Beach. And well, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

After we enjoyed the beach, we headed to the nearby trail for Fern Canyon. Where they filmed part of Jurassic Park 2. Those pictures coming up next. Get excited.