The latest Cereal arrived this morning. The biannual magazine has become one of my favourites over the last couple of years due to its careful design and content. Issue 10 in the series is as usual split into six different subjects, with the focus this month being; I. N. California, II. Antwerp, III. Panama City, IV. Agnes Martin, V. Vitsoe & VI. Timepieces. Having visited California a few times over the last couple of years I was eager to see what the focus of the section would be. The section is broken down in to a few different subject areas, including San Francisco, Yosemite and Big Sur. Having visited Big Sur I was keen to see what it would say.
I first visited California a couple of years ago as part of a road trip with the Big Sur coastline being one of the greatest things I have ever experienced.
After spending a few days in San Francisco we decided to take the ‘scenic route’ via route 1 along the coast with a final destination of Santa Monica. We started our journey early in San Francisco. We set off before sunrise, the early morning clouds and mist were still hugging the coastline; the sun finally breaking through a couple of hours in to the drive. We had given ourselves two days to drive down the coast to give us enough time to stop at some other places along the way.
In summary our journey went something like this..
Our first stop was the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. From there we headed down to Monterey, where we had booked a motel for the night. The following morning we did the 17-Mile Drive before setting off again. The next stop was San Jose, followed by Santa Cruz, and finally arriving in Santa Monica in the late evening.
There’s so many other places to stop off along the way, or to spend more time exploring but just the drive itself is worth doing. I can’t recommend Big Sur highly enough to anyone looking for an escape from the everyday.
CEREAL have summarised Big Sur perfectly in the latest issue:
Big Sur doesn’t exist in the way other places exist; no one knows precisely where it begins or ends. It’s 145km or so of coastline… There is no centre of town. No Main Street. Every minute one spends within its expanses has a soft, dreamlike quality… Big Sur is a reverie.
Issue 10 of CEREAL is out now. Shop
Have you experienced Big Sur?