A Love Affair With Big Sur, California
Big Sur is one of the world’s most exquisite coastline, making it a global tourist destination. With its ocean views and seaside cliffs, it’s no surprise that its popularity is on the rise. Due to this, the region is heavily protected to preserve the rural and natural land and it’s important to keep in mind that Big Sur is an experience to pass through, not a destination for vacation.
Big Sur, the longest and most scenic undeveloped coastline in the United States is by far the most beautiful views I’ve been lucky enough to witness; photographs just doesn’t do it justice. Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway felt surreal; with the windows rolled down, my favorite songs playing in the background, and the ocean almost in the palm of my hands - I had never been more in love with nature.
A Brooklyn native who loves nature? But how? Growing up in Brooklyn and spending a lot of time in the heart of New York City (Manhattan), where there’s a lack of trees, it wasn’t easy to just immerse myself in nature and forget about the world. It’s hard to place my finger on where my appreciation for Mother Earth came from - maybe it’s my astrology sign, a water sign, that’s made me always attracted the ocean.
We made multiple stops along the highway, but the most memorable was climbing one of the hills right by. When I made it to the top, what I saw took my breath away: the sky met the sea and below me, all I could see was blue, the kind of blue that put sapphires to shame and a vibrant shade I didn’t see often in New England or the East Coast. There’s something about watching the ebbs and flow and hearing the waves crashing onto shore from above that makes me feel as if I am whole.
We stayed to watch the sun go down, and although I’ve loved every sunset I’ve seen, there was something about the way the sun fell into the horizon of Big Sur. Soon, the sky was filled with pinks, oranges and purples; then there was fire, a bright orange that engulfed everything above and everyone was mesmerized. It was a scene out of a movie or a heavily edited photograph, except it was right in front of my eyes. At that moment, my worries disappeared. I forgot about minuscule problems and setbacks, and all I saw was this.
Seeing Big Sur in person only reiterates how important it is for all of us earthlings to work together to preserve our natural resources, In fact, we are all in debt to this planet for welcoming us with sunrises and sunsets, sparkling night skies, oceans full of wildlife and lush forests. If you ever get the chance to drive the coast of California, allow yourself to make multiple pit stops along the PCH - these once-in-a-lifetime views will be worth it.