Ah, the views in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park are one-of-a-kind. The state park is named for a respected pioneer woman (gotta like that) who settled in Big Sur. It was home to a residence of Lathrop and Helen Hooper Brown who started acquiring Big Sur acreage in 1924 and built a home there overlooking one of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. Helen Brown became acquainted with Julia Pfeiffer Burns and later gave the land they owned to the state to use as a park in memory of her friend. Nice story.
Here’s the view that Helen Brown would have seen from her kitchen window:
Wow! Can you imagine? Here’s a closer shot too:
Apparently, the water fall used to fall into the water, but a storm (not sure when) added a lot of sand to the cove and changed the structure.
Here’s the view they would have seen from the terrace (looking the opposite direction).
This squirrel was standing on the ruins of the old house eating nuts and watching us all explore.
While there was probably more true hiking in this park, we went down the road to another state park to enjoy a hike into the redwoods. Some of them were massive, of course, but these were smaller and younger.
We saw this bird following us along and no I didn’t feed him (others did).
Someone said this is a stellar jay – does anyone know? Either way, it was a good day because we got to see blue skies and a little sunshine in the afternoon.
Ahhh! We needed that sunshine.