Last week the boyfriend and I took a short road trip down to Big Sur to go camping! I’m ashamed to say this was only my second time at Big Sur, and the first time camping. Well, camping in a tent at least. Praveer is a camping veteran so all I had to do is pack my clothes and he did the rest.
We stayed at the Big Sur Campgrounds & Cabins. Normally they require a two-night minimum, but since it wasn’t peak season, we were able to call the day of and get a campsite for one night. The drive from SF was about 3 hours though we did make a couple of pit stops along the way, including one at my parent’s place. My mother was so sweet and packed us snacks and sandwiches for the trip <3.
Throughout the drive, from the 280 to Highway 1, I was yelling “look how green the hills are!” Praveer probably thought I was crazy, but I was so excited. The drought had left our lovely hills a sad shade of yellow so it was nice to finally see them back in action. The views became ever more breath-taking as we drove past Carmel to Big Sur.
We got to the campsite, claimed our spot, and pitched our tent before heading out to hike. I was so confused while we were setting up our tent.
“Why are there 3 poles? Why are there 4 sleeping bags? Oh, two of them are mattress pads. Got it.”
Once we were done at the campsite, we drove to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to hike. We chose the Ewoldsen Trail since it seemed doable in the amount of time we had to spare. We began the hike and somehow we missed one of the turns to the loop. We spent half an hour jumping over creeks and climbing the walls using makeshift foot-holes to finally get back on the right path. I was scared the entire hike was going to be like that (luckily, it wasn’t). The hike itself is was moderate with some steeper inclines and narrow trails, but it wasn’t too long (about 5 miles).
I was feeling pretty good by the end.
We completed the hike just in time to catch the sunset at Mcway Falls.
Back at the campsite, we started our bonfire before anything else. The fire has to be my favorite part about camping (except for the fact the smell sticks on your hair and clothes forever!).
Praveer brought a portable gas stove, so we used that to make a coconut curry thai noodle dish. I forgot how dark the night actually is: we only had a portable LED lantern, a fire, and my trusty iPhone flashlight to help us see and it was definitely not enough. Our food would have tasted great had I not spilled tons of curry powder in it. Oops. I blame the darkness.
For dessert: the classic s’more and a “banana s’mores”, recipe found here.
My first time sleeping in tent was a success! Other than being a little cold at first I slept peacefully and woke up to the sound of birds chirping (and then annoying crows cawing). The early sunrise didn’t let us sleep-in so we packed our bags and headed to Pfeiffer beach for the morning.
We grabbed brunch at Big Sur Bakery and it was so freaking amazing! The eggs were so good I’m craving them now as I type this.
Me after camping.
Praveer after camping.
Overall, I had a great time camping and a great time at Big Sur. Would do it again in a heartbeat. What were my biggest takeaways from my first time camping? Well here they are:
- The night is like…actually really dark. I forgot how the world looks without street lamps.
- Curry powder is no joke. Be careful with this potent ingredient.
- The smell of campfire sticks to your hair like the devil. No really, I washed my hair 4-5 times before the smell finally went away. Anyone care to share tricks on how to get it out??