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You never know what life has in store for you: Abby and I thought we were just getting away for a long weekend of camping on the California coast. It turned out to be a magical weekend spent with each other and the earth. I highly suggest getting outside this summer, turning off your phone (or even better, go somewhere with no cell reception) and connect with yourself and someone you love.

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*Tip: Kirk Creek Campground was our first choice and after scouring countless online forums and Yelp, I knew we would have to get an early start if we wanted to snag one of their highly coveted oceanfront sites.
I can't remember the last time I watched the sunrise. I had to pull over and capture the moment.

I can’t remember the last time I watched the sunrise. I had to pull over and capture the moment.

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We left LA at 3AM and arrived at Kirk at 7AM only to find two cars ahead of us. I might be on my way to becoming a chilled out Angeleno but the New Yorker in me came out and I fiercely snagged us a gorgeous site right on the ocean.

Fresh coffee, roadside? This guy had the right idea!

Fresh coffee, roadside? This guy had the right idea!

This really is a do-nothing kind of vacation.

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If it’s your first time in Big Sur I would definitely check out the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns Sate Park and Pfeiffer Beach. Alternatively, Headlands Trail in Andrew Molera State Park offers gorgeous views of the somewhat mild beach down below.

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*Tip: If you have the time I highly suggest night bathing at Esalen Institute. The hot springs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is an experience I can not fully express in words. You’ll just have to see for your self! Night swimming is open to the public from 1am-3am daily, by reservation only.

With the exception of breakfast, we pretty much cooked our own food. Breakfast, we learned on our first morning in Big Sur, is not only a time to get a hot cup of coffee but also the perfect opportunity to wash up! As rustic as this experience was I learned that running water is AMAZING. My day is just not right without a few splashes of water here, there and everywhere else. Our favorite breakfast spot was Deetjens Restaurant and the last morning we treated ourselves to Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant. You can’t go wrong with either.

Yes, that's me enjoying a hot dog. But they were all natural, all beef dogs by Fork in the Road. And they were delicious!

Yes, that’s me enjoying a hot dog, but they were all natural, all beef dogs by Fork in the Road. And they were delicious! Also, Abby and I have perfected the best open-faced smore’s you ever tasted. Yeah that’s right, I said open-faced, don’t hate. They’re amazing. Instructions here.

Kirk has what feels like a secret path that leads directly down to the rocky coast, it was fun to explore.

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Did I mention the sunsets? Another benefit to camping oceanside (in addition to to falling asleep as the waves crash against the mighty California coast) is that you will witness some of the most jaw dropping sunsets you’ve ever seen. Sit back, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and remember the sun rises in the East but it sets in the West!

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Same sky, same sun, different day.

Same sky, same sun, different day.

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Goodbye!

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Wanna see more from our trip? Head on over to my Tumblr page, Peek.

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