Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Big Sur

I threw these pictures up last night in a hurry and didn't even post captions with them. I also exceeded my Flickr allotment so here's the rest of the pictures I couldn't upload through there. The Flickr pics are so much better quality. I might have to look into upgrading my account. For now, some of these are from there and some are through Blogger.

We started our trip off with one night in Pismo Beach. Camping on the beach is a blast but I have honestly never had that much sand on me in my life. It was on/in everything. It was even inside my sleeping bag.




Pismo is a very popular destination for people with ATV's. I think we were one of the only people there that didn't have one.

Attempt at a self portrait

On Friday we continued our journey the coast to our final destination, Big Sur.

It was windy and cold on the way up but we had beautiful weather the whole rest of the time we were there.

I know this doesn't technically count as camping but Lisa wanted to try something a little less rustic this year so we rented a cabin. I have to admit it was so nice to sleep in a bed and have a hot shower each night. The cabin had no kitchen in it(strange, I know), so we did cook all of our meals outside and really only used the cabin to sleep in.

You couldn't beat the location and view from our back lawn. We have never had a campsite right on the river before. It was awesome.


I had to try out the tree swing. Even though I'm sure I was far too heavy for it.


Here I am thinking "Hmmmm...........I think it would hold me".

I hope I didn't weaken the rope so that it breaks the next time somebody else tries it!
It was fun.


The Teague Family joined us for the night on Friday and a great time was had by all.

I love this picture of Ryleigh. She is so cute! I was going to tell you the story of how Joe wanted to steal her and keep him for our own but he said he didn't want me to tell you, so I won't. :)

Grace and Ryleigh headed into the river

Ducky Races

The boys tubing the rapids on Big Sur River

Austin Chillin' in his inner tube

I love campfires


Cameron had to do what all the big kids were doing, which was jumping off of the rocks into the water. This resulted in me almost having a heart attack and worrying what I was going to tell my sister when he broke a bone or maimed himself in some other way. Thankfully he did not injure himself and even talked me into photographing it so he could show his Mom.

He hung onto this tree literally for hours. Bad for the tree. Good for some peace and quiet for me.

We drove down to Pfeiffer Beach to check out the beautiful scenery.


I wanted to climb to the very top of these rocks but once I got up there it was pretty high and I settled for sitting here instead.

Joe made it all the way to the top. Show off.



Lisa found this piece of seaweed and thought it looked like a whip so she picked it up and started whipping it around while singing the theme song from "Indiana Jones". And yes, I do have it on video.


We ended up at Lisa and Scot's house for one night because she said they were going to go pick up their puppy on Monday night. You know I wanted to be a part of that!

Joe makes a new friend

Puppies are soooooooooo cute. I kept having to tell myself "Puppies grow up, puppies grow up, puppies grow up!" :)

It was a wonderful trip yet again. This is the 7th year we have been going to Big Sur and I hope it is a tradition we continue when Sophie is home.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a perfect vacation spot. I am glad you had such a good time.

Anonymous said...

The pictures are really great.. I especially like the one of Joe with your niece and nephew... It is adorable!

I am glad you were able to get away and relax for awhile. Those little breaks are really nice sometimes.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Looks like some serious fun and I can't think of anyone who deserves it more!


Stacey T. said...

Your camera took awesome pictures!!! We had such a great time, wish we could have stayed longer then 1 night......

Kayce said...

By the looks of things I'd say you guys had a blast! Beautiful pictures Michelle!! Glad you are home safe and sound although I wish you were still here!

M3 said...

Wow, looks like such a wonderful trip!! (Your pics are gorgeous, by the way)

Michele said...

Your pictures are fantastic. The area looks just gorgeous. I hope to get to the West Coast for a vacation one of these days.

Michele, NY

3D said...

What a great vacay!!

Keep smilin!

Natalie said...

What a beautiful place. Hope you got a lot of rest because it looks like way too much fun!

Donna and Joe said...

Wow, great pics of your trip. It looks like everyone had an amazing time!

Donna :)

Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! That looks like fun!

Happy blogoversary!

Kylie's momma said...

Too fun! I love your pictures! And those cabins rocked! I wanna come!And I WAS impressed on Joe climbing to the tippy top..cool pix. And congratulations and happy 5 year anniversary (saving a post here).Dedication is what it's called. Your time IS coming hang on! Happy 4th to you and yours!

Carrie said...

Your pictures rock!