there's something about big sur that really just cannot be explained.
no matter how you try to describe it to people who've never been there, it just doesn't seem to come out right. it's surreal. like something out of this world. like you've stepped out of reality and into a magical place of peace and beauty. the trees are hundreds and thousands of years old and its like their speaking their wisdom to you; the cliffs fall off into the perfectly turqouise ocean and the fields seem endless. you drive on the way up and you're within inches of falling off the road because it's so narrow, but you don't care because you are so blown away by everything around you. it's awe-striking, stunning, mindblowingly gorgeous and going there is like feeding your hungry, tired soul.
when i first went to big sur with jackie a year ago, i had recently lost a friend in an accident, finalized a divorce and was just an overall mess>>i was struggling in learning so much about myself and with a heart that was overwhelmed with a whole range of emotions. i was pretty lost; but experiencing it for the first time brought a sense of healing to me that i couldn't have even anticipated. i'm pretty sure i teared up like 10 times. (big surprise)
when i went to big sur this year, it wasn't just me and jackie, it was a whole group of some of my most favorite babes in the world; it was an adventure and a much needed escape from reality for all of us. and to be honest, once again, it was a whole other level of emotional healing that came at a much needed time. it was just the best thing. and looking through these photos from RENATA just took me back there all over again. oof, i miss it. this time and these girls.
4 days, 8 girls and 2 tent cabins in the middle of the redwoods took my heavy heart to a much needed place of peace and joy and love all over again. we cooked over the fire for every meal, set up camp with rose' and books in the creek behind our campsite, hiked, explored, and had the best campfire talk. and not one of us went crazy girl on each other (even though we probably came close when we got a little lost on our hike:)) in the end, we created some irreplaceable memories.
isn't that what adventure is all about anyhow? being lost, and finding yourself on your way through nature alongside your crazy-ass amazing friends? best.
we are hoping to make it an annual trip and search for that same level of beauty all over the US along the way.>>> next year can't come soon enough.
most of these were taken by the incredible RENATA STONE