It’s in the middle of winter here in Michigan and although it’s been mild and comfortable I still miss Hwy 1 and Big Sur in California. I have been to Big Sur several times and each time it’s great. Well everything except the drive.
I am all for curvy roads. I don’t even mind that there’s a shear cliff on the side of your car. It’s the constant curves and turning. It really does wear you down after a couple hours. Yahoo once ranked Hwy 1 the scariest road in the country. It’s not really scary unless you consider hairpin turns alongside a cliff frightening. In any event take it slow and easy, and if you find someone tailgating it’s best just to pull over and let them pass.
This weeks post picture is Hwy 1 and the California coast near Big Sur. There are many pullouts along 1 with vistas around every corner. There is no real bad time of year to visit, but spring and summer would be my favorite. One thing you should do is check the road conditions. Sometimes there have been times when the road has been closed do to mudslides.
The water is cold and the wind usually high, so you may want to have a jacket with you if you decided to step out for a photo opportunity. You could spend all day driving the coast, stopping by a few small towns including Big Sur which hosts a couple eateries, gift shops, and general stores. Make sure you start with a full tank of gas, stations are scarcely scattered. Also beware of pedal bikers, they seem to be around each and every corner.
Big Sur and Hwy 1 is a photographers paradise. A wide angle is typically the weapon of choice. I shot this image handheld during the afternoon. A tripod is a must for a sunset. Also make sure to check out some of the state parks that call Hwy 1 home including Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
If you are in the area, take a day or two. Explore the coastal towns and scenery, and make sure to catch a sunset, they are some of the best in the world.