Monterey: Day 2

Our main objective in visiting Monterey was to spend some time outdoors in Big Sur.  So Monday morning we headed south down to Big Sur.  
There wasn\’t any cell reception once we got to Big Sur but Don was able to find a geocache just because he knows where they are hidden.   Don explaining geocaching to Carl.  

Da Boys. 

Bixby Bridge. 

The water was an amazing color and really clear. 

Next stop was Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park.    Unfortunately alot of the hiking trails on the East side of Route 1 were closed so we were limited to the west side. 

Stunning!  A waterfall down to the beach.  Paradise found.  Unfortunately there was no way to get down to the beach. 

Since Quinn has become our little naturalist, we thought to bring along his Swiss Army knife and suggested the same for Hayden.  The boys really enjoyed the whittling and we had alot of fun making whittle, funny puns. 

Our next stop was Limekiln State Park.  It was just north of the landslide road closure.  However they decided to close the road above Limekiln just for the day so that they could do some additional clearing.    The road control guy suggested we take a drive up to a hermitage on top of the mountain instead.    The views were gorgeous. 

A whittle more knife work. 

The open picnic table was in the shade so the guys moved it across the street.  

Not a bad spot for a picnic lunch. 

Amy C is finally taller than all of us. 

Next stop is Pfeiffer Beach (not to be confused with Julia Pfeiffer Beach). 

A gorgeous beach but it was very windy and cold. 

I think I had some water or dirt on my lens but I love the sparkle above the key hole in the rock. 

There is a fresh water river that runs in to the ocean. 

Then it was on to Nepenthe restaurant which sits on the side of the mountain with a gorgeous view.  They had a nice outdoor area for the big kids. 

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