It has been raining here for what seems like an eternity.  And by eternity, I mean a week.  So yesterday when the sun shone through, and the chill was out of the air, we hit the ground running and headed for a much needed hike with the little ones.

We had heard fantastic things about Point Lobos State Reserve, but had not been there before because every time we went past, the road surrounding the entrance was littered with cars.  Yesterday was no different, only we discovered that one of the reasons people park on the road, is that they hope to avoid the $10 fee to park inside the reserve, the other reason is that the carparks fill up quickly especially the later in the day that you go.  We are not ones to avoid parking fees.  In fact, when it comes to state parks, we embrace paying them.  We also found that at this particular park, they have a one vehicle out, one vehicle in policy and it only took 10 minutes in line (7 cars in front of us) to get into the park to find a parking spot.

We ended up doing a 5.18 mile hike of the reserve and it was fabulous (you can view our map on my Runkeeper profile).  It took over 3 hours, but we stopped for snacks, the kids enjoyed looking in tidepools and we made sure to take in the breathtaking views and in true form, I took a lot of photographs.

Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos Hiking

Crab Point Lobos

Point Lobos

Vegetation Point Lobos

Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve

Rock Formations Point Lobos

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Stacy of KSW February 21, 2011 - 8:37 pm

Oh wow, these images are stunning. Love how organized you are about your trips. Runkeeper, whirl .. I’m lucky if I even remember my camera! 🙂

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[email protected] act February 22, 2011 - 4:30 am

As always, simply beautiful pictures.

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Tonya Staab February 22, 2011 - 6:52 am

ha ha.  If I forgot any of that stuff, I'd have nothing to blog about :).  I think I have an obsession with 'stuff', especially when it comes to technology.

Also, we have 4yr olds who like to take souvenir's home with them.  I like to encourage them to just take home memories via photographs that they can look back on instead of taking a piece of nature that somebody else might like to enjoy looking at after we've left.

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Kim P February 22, 2011 - 11:20 am

This place is so beautiful & so alive. You did a great job capturing it and making us want to be there with you.

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Dinner Recipes February 22, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Wow what a awesome pictures you share over here.I really likes it.It looks so nice amazing photography and collection.Really a good example of art and talent.

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Tonya Staab February 23, 2011 - 9:42 am

Thank you Kim.  The entire area in and around Big Sur is breathtaking, I highly recommend this as a vacation spot for families who love to hike and be away from the city.

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Scott Challen August 1, 2011 - 12:54 am

The photos came to my attention. The images are clear and the color are I think in high definition. 🙂 I love all of them and in fact I think these places should be promoted.

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