Over Easter weekend, I crossed another adventure off my 2013 bucket list: McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. I had seen photos of this waterfall in Big Sur and had been wanting to explore for a long time.
About an hour south of Carmel (with lots of stops for photos like the ones above), we pulled into the Julia Pfeiffer Burns parking lot. We fueled with sandwiches before setting off on the rigorous 0.5-mile hike. A few added loops and extra trails turned the hike into 1.5 miles total (which required refueling with more sandwiches and beer afterwards.)
A perfectly short hike to match the lazy, islandy-feel of the destination!
We wrapped up the Big Sur day trip with a stop at Nepenthe, Big Sur's famous cafe & restaurant, which is an old family favorite.
I'm still surprised Big Sur was hiding that waterfall and such turquoise water, despite the number of times we've hiked/camped/partied/explored in that area. We lucked out on weather, and I'm glad the photos captured our beautiful day.