Where We Ate in Big Sur


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I will be completely honest and tell you that my favorite, most delicious meal while we were in Big Sur was comprised of bratwurst from Target, red peppers that we bought from a camp store (which I tore apart with my hands, by the way, because we were lacking in the knife department), and a Caesar kit salad, which was mixed and eaten directly in/from the bag it came in; all of which was complimented by a delightful ten dollar bottle of wine (at 15% off, yo!) from flimsy plastic hotel cups we found in our cabin bathroom.  There’s just something particularly tasty about regular, no frills food roasted over a campfire next to the person you love, you know?

We did check out two restaurants while we were in town.  And I’ll tell you all about them, in case my Big Sur posts have you seriously wanderlusting and planning your trip… Read More »

What We Did in Big Sur


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We got into Big Sur late on Tuesday, but the entire time we were driving through winding roads, Sean and I were talking about spending our one full day there hiking through those gorgeous mountains.  When we got to Riverside, Pam gave us a print out of the most popular trails and we spent the time we weren’t reading the journals making a game plan for the next day.  Here’s what we did… Read More »

Riverside Campgrounds & Cabins | Big Sur, California


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We made reservations at Riverside Campgrounds & Cabins in Big Sur, and I am so glad we did.  When we arrived, we were greeted by Pam, who was super friendly and informative.  We booked Cabin 1, which is up on a hill among other cabins and campsites.  It was really cozy, with a front porch and a fire pit outside.  Inside was simple and rustic; nothing fancy, but the perfect place to relax after long days of driving and hiking.  We roasted brats and peppers over the fire, we made s’mores, we had deep conversations about life, but there was something really special about the cabin, which Sean discovered on our first night… Read More »

April 11, 2014 - 11:23 am

Friday Faves + Weekend Links - Cuddles and Chaos - […] This post from my pal Jackie sounds like the plot of a Ryan Gosling movie. Jackie and her love were traveling around Big Sur and ended up staying in a cabin for a couple of nights. They found a notebook on the bookshelf that was filled with stories from people who had stayed in the cabin before them and stayed up all night reading it. So cool. […]

On the Road to Big Sur


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We left for Big Sur from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.  It’s such a pretty drive, it’s hard not to take pictures.  Every time I go through there, I find new beaches, new views, and new perspectives on the places I’ve already seen.  It was really special to share this drive with Sean.  Here are some highlights from our drive, starting with that guy up there.  We stopped at a vista point where hundreds of sleepy, grumpy, flatulent seals were lying around in piles catching naps and barking at each other.  It was hilarious.  As I was snapping pictures of all of these creatures who, frankly, didn’t give a crap about any of the humans standing on the cliff above them braving the rain, I happened to catch this guy staring directly at me with this inquisitive face.  It reminded me oddly of Rocco, and I was immediately endeared to him.  I may have been tempted to go give him a big hug had I not noticed all of that blood on his face.  Let’s just ignore that and focus on the cuteness, mmk?

Here are a few more of my favorite stops along the way… Read More »

April 11, 2014 - 11:04 am

Jen - I’m loving these photos— you’ve given me a serious travel itch.

Also, what is it with deranged squirrels?!

Four and a Half Days in Los Angeles

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There was a time in my life where I was going to Los Angeles every few months.  It was really surprising to do the math and realize that I hadn’t been out west for almost a year and a half.  I missed it, but I was spending any spare time I had exactly where I needed to be.  When I saw my good friends after such a long time apart, it felt (as it often does with great friends) like not a day had passed… except, of course, now everyone’s getting married :)  When did we all get so old?

We spent four and a half glorious days in Los Angeles, graciously hosted by our wonderful friends, Katrina & Kaya.  Here are some of the highlights of our trip…
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