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Old 03-30-2015, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I had what I consider the quintessential Monterey day this past weekend. I'm sure others have their own versions. Mine started with an epic Spring hike high into the Big Sur coastal mountains. The views from this hike are nothing less than spectacular, though it takes a good amount of climbing to get there. But that is par for the course if you want this kind of view and it makes it that much sweeter once you're there to soak it all in.



















That night we enjoyed some excellent Jazz at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. These young talented musicians are amazing and so full of enthusiasm. Its actually my favorite event of the year.















So if you are thinking about visiting, Spring is hard to beat, especially if you time it with the Next Gen Jazz Festival.

Derek
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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Sooooo very nice!
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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Breathtakingly beautiful, as usual!!! What I want to know is how do you even get up that high? Do you drive up the Old Coast Road (or whatever it's called) and park, then hike up higher somehow?
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Breathtakingly beautiful, as usual!!! What I want to know is how do you even get up that high? Do you drive up the Old Coast Road (or whatever it's called) and park, then hike up higher somehow?
Good ole' fashion hard work and sweat! You start from the bottom at Hwy 1 and climb, climb, climb. In this case its ~ 3000' gain which can be quite a workout. It's actually one of the tougher day hikes in Big Sur. The crazy part was as we were ascending the mountain this crazy, runner dude goes whizzing right by us, uphill in the midday heat and sun! It turns out he is an ultra runner adventure athlete. But still, that's not something normal you see every day, and I do a lot of hiking. I found out because I have seen his blog before. If you want to see some crazy Big Sur adventures with scenery most mortals don't normally get to check it out: https://pantilat.wordpress.com/big-sur/

Derek
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:22 AM
 
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Whew! Wish I could still take hikes like that!!! I'll check out that link. I never tire of seeing the beauty of Big Sur (even if it is in pictures and not in person!) Thanks again, MtnSurfer, for posting your beautiful photos!
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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Oh my. I just clicked through that link. I see that I'm going to have to come back to it when I have a hundred hours to look at every single picture. Which I will definitely do!!!! Thanks for sharing that link!
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Oh my. I just clicked through that link. I see that I'm going to have to come back to it when I have a hundred hours to look at every single picture. Which I will definitely do!!!! Thanks for sharing that link!
Yeah, he's got some really cool places he's run, climbed, traversed, etc... He also does these crazy things in the High Sierra as well which is another favorite hiking location of mine.

BTW, there are 'some' high and beautiful locations you can get to via driving if hiking like this isn't really an option. If you want some tips on roads PM me. I don't want to broadcast any locations in an open forum.

Derek
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:12 AM
 
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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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Yeah, he's got some really cool places he's run, climbed, traversed, etc... He also does these crazy things in the High Sierra as well which is another favorite hiking location of mine.

BTW, there are 'some' high and beautiful locations you can get to via driving if hiking like this isn't really an option. If you want some tips on roads PM me. I don't want to broadcast any locations in an open forum.

Derek
Great! I just sent you a PM! Thx.
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