It never captured our fancy until the day weather intervened.
Every time we take a day trip to Big Sur, there’s this beach just before Point Lobos that seems ordinary yet often has lots of people in it. Didn’t understand the appeal till…
Supposed to be a great weather weekend, so we drove towards our Off The Grid Summer spot towards Big Sur. As we entered Moss Landing, no Sun in sight. My heart sunk. I had to decide whether to turn back to Santa Cruz where it was sunny or drive further and hope the Sun is shining bright somewhere in that direction.
Full Sun at Sand City. Our mood immediately skyrocketed.
By Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sun gone again. Heart sunk for the second time. We can’t gamble our Family Day anymore as it was getting late, 4 P.M. late. So, we decided to stop to the nearest beach that has full Sun and trust everything to fate.
From the road, Monastery Beach doesn’t look scenic at all, but it’s only when you enter it’s world do you see what truly draws people here.
It’s magic and solitude, wonder and happiness, all wrap in one perfect adventure.
Monastery Beach is happy Sun and peaceful blues, mystic grey fog and playful shape shifting clouds in a spellbinding masquerade ball from sky, land and sea.
Enchanting on one side from Sunrise to Sunset. Dramatic on the other where the mountain silhouettes transition from clear to fading, almost like how we feel when saying goodbye but our hearts are not yet ready to leave and let go.
Breathtaking. Moving. Inspiring. Nostalgic.
Eerie East, a massive fog rose suddenly and quickly from the sea swallowing everything in its path, people and houses included. Everything and everyone seemed like they just vanished into thin air, my wife inside our tent included.
After 2 hours of cooking and eating, my son and I took a hike and explored what lies beyond the old Cypress Trees and chiseled rocks. I love food but I love adventure more, and my feet was getting itchy restless.
Ethereal and unexpected, Monastery Beach was giving us panoramic views like we’ve never seen before and moments we haven’t experienced from the other beaches we’d been.
Impressive. Humbled. We were fortunate to witness a precious glimpse of creation that is both powerful and divine.
As the Sun started to go down, we tried to capture as fast as we could the remaining golden moments of the day.
On the way back to our tent, an intense rush of contentment, joy and gratitude.
We don’t have to plan too much to experience something beautiful and surreal. We just embrace spontaneity and allow it to do what it does best.
Trust that fate, even weather will intervene and take us places beyond our wildest imagination.
Incredible ethereal and unexpected surprises happen when we let go and let God.