Campground, Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, California: This state park is in Big Sur Valley. As we began our drive through the redwood trees we are brought back in time, a simple stroll though the sixties, hippies, flowers, peace, a fragrace in the air. Well, wake up Ringo, it's not the 60's or the 70's. It's a mile drive to the back of the camp area where our camp site was and we soon found out that just the first third of the park is a redwood grove, the rest is a regular forest campground. It was an okay campsite, we had booked a premium Big Sur River fronted site but I though we'd be camping amongts the red giants. No problem, every day we rode our bikes back through the redwoods for day hikes and visits to the camp store. And every evening we took our after dinner walks throught giants. It's majestic one might say. You do get that woodsy feeling walking amongsts the reds.
We arrived after a busy Memorial Day weekend. This park is another American park getting over used. Happens in Hawaii too. Here they allow 8 people per site and you can see the results. They are trying to reforest the trees as well as other plants but you can see the onslaught of humans, yes, we're contributors, but it's only two of us and we tend to not leave much of a foot print. It looked like there was a big crowd this past weekend.
It was still rather busy when we arrived the Monday. We had hoped for some peace and quiet but alas, a huge multi family group poured into the sites across from us with an army of youngsters that thought screaming at the top of their lungs was good for the trees. The young parents thought so too.
They left a couple of days later and we then had the forest to ourselves. We were there for three nights of dry camping, no hook ups, no problem. It twas rather chilly for the first couple of days and after a week of cloudy weather on the coast we finally had some blue skies on Wednesday.