I close my eyes to the Earth’s surrounding noises, and take a deep breath in and exhale. I hear the ocean’s sirens pulling me with the sound of its rhythmic waves crashing against the rocks and the shore. The breeze runs through the trees and plays the evening symphony in harmony with the ocean. The fire’s warmth projects onto my skin and the crackling fire whispers secrets into my ear. In this very moment, the time has stopped and the earth is still. This evening could not have been more perfect, set up with a camp right along the coast and having the ocean in my backyard for one night.
While spontaneously booking last-minute trips is one of my specialties, sometimes it doesn’t smoothly work out with everyone’s schedules. Four days before Sunday, I booked the trip to Kirk Creek Campground which is approx. 30 miles south of the famous Big Sur along the Pacific Coast Highway. The goal of this trip was to escape before life got crazy, and that is what I did. However, my SO and I had to be back at work at 10 a.m the very next Monday. Crazy right? This means that this little adventure would turn into the 24-hour escape. 7 hours of driving, 7 hours of sleeping, 4 hours of adventure, 2 hours relaxation, and 4 hours of stargazing.
The day started out at 12:30 pm after a delayed morning because sometimes you just have to sleep in a little longer and relax for a little longer. If I was to drive from my house up the coast to the campground, it would have been half the time. However, due to storms last year, there was an intensive mudslide that cut off parts of the Highway thus blocking the shorter route. After 3 1/2 hours of windy detoured roads, we finally arrived at the campground. We adventured and took pictures with the daylight we had left, and settled in when sunset hit the horizon. While watching the sun fall below the Earth, I was cozied into the VW on my new invented car bed. Following the cooked meal over the fire, the night sky made its starry appearance and I marveled over their gorgeous clarity without obstruction from city lights. In addition to the starry show, this evening was part of the Perseid Meteor Shower so we caught a glimpse of multiple of shooting stars. Although the time here was short, I felt that I had a week’s worth of adventure in just one day. With my “Stargazing” playlist on hand that evening and the person I love, my heart and soul were realigned and put back into the focus on the simpler things. One of the greatest things about camping is that you are just one with nature, and it takes your mind away from the stresses of life. If you are an overthinker like me, you may understand the importance of getting out of your own head sometimes.
After shoving all that adventure into 24 hours, I was truly exhausted and ready to go home. Looking back on the memories and highlights of the day which I mentioned above, I am genuinely appreciative of it. Kirk Creek is a beautiful campground along the ocean and it is a little one at that. Since the mudslides, it has made it difficult to travel up the PCH so any opportunity to revisit the place of many hosted memories; family outings, midnight drives, and the loss of a love. In a few months, my life will encounter big changes and this area will become a nostalgic distant memory. Is your life in the middle of chaos and you feel like you cannot breathe? Think about booking yourself a hotel room or even a camp site. No matter what life style you lead, a 24-Hour Escape could benefit you greatly.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
The next post of VW Ventures will include car camping tips and some camping hacks that I found to be successful. Stay tuned.
Off to Wander,