View from Nepenthe [Link to Scenic Sunday]
It was a pretty hazy day, but you get the idea. We drove way south to Lime Kiln Park (below Lucia), and went for a walk in the redwoods, to some old lime kilns from the 1800's. The ranger said it was a "stroll through the woods," but the Loved One and I for various reasons found it challenging -- the ranger didn't mention it was uphill all the way there, and for those with knee problems, downhill on the way back is harder. But we did it, and were treated to a very beautiful time in the forest and an interesting visit to the historical site.
This is one of the kilns -- evidently a company dug out all the lime in the area and purified it in these wood ovens -- deforesting the trees for fuel in the process. They ran out of lime very quickly and closed the operation down, so now it's returned to its pristine state, 100+ years later (except for the kiln ruins).
We walked along a creek the whole way and the sound of the rushing water was lovely and relaxing.
I took a lot of pictures, but very few of them came out -- photographing in the redwoods is difficult, because you have a lot of darkness, interspersed with extremely high contrast situations where the sun is coming through. Sometimes that can make for very nice effects, when some bit of something is lit up in the darkness, but often when I think "ooh, that would be a nice pic," it somehow doesn't come out. But I like these tree roots.
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Another thing I like about Big Sur is that in a number of places, there are wonderful flowers -- we always stop at the River Inn and I take a bunch of pics of the flowers there. I won't put them all in this post, but here are a couple I like:
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All in all, it was a lovely day. Okay, at one point during our hike, I said "I hate you," but then a minute later, I didn't hate him again. :) It was fun.