Big Sur – A Letter to Our Oldest Wild Thing

Darling Arthur,

I’m sorry that you won’t remember the wonderfully intimidating Big Sur – the lashing of the waves threatening the canyons below ominous bridges, or the towering gargantuan redwoods watching over us as we slept.


I’m sorry that you won’t remember how excited you were to see a blazing campfire for the first time.
I’m sorry that for you, watching the magnificent sun-set though port holes of an old water tower turned café, was no more stimulating than a regular trip out for lunch back home.


I’m sorry that we made you walk along yet another trail to see yet another beach.
I’m sorry that your experience of the fantastically daunting drive along this part of the Pacific Coast Highway was somewhat tedious as the laptop battery ran out interrupting Fireman Sam mid episode.
I’m sorry that you wouldn’t have noticed how happy Mummy and Daddy were here – to see the wonder in your eyes as you scrutinised rock pools, to hear your blissful squeals whilst running through waves and your little songs as you danced around our campfire with your torch searching for a real life bear.
How happy we were to have some time together as you and your even more feral little brother lay abnormally peaceful in the RV and we sat under the stars, alongside the trees, wishing we had just one more log to lay on the dying fire.
Perhaps one day we’ll bring you back here – when you’re old enough to appreciate how Big Sur truly is one of the most amazing places on this earth.
Love you more than bookshops,
Mummy xx
P.S Maybe these photographs will stir a little happy memory from your time here.









Travel Monkey


  1. January 7, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Wow beautiful photos! i want to go there now 🙂

  2. January 7, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Where is this place! Very beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure. You'll have many years of adventures that your little ones will remember I'm sure xx

  3. January 7, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    How wonderful, what an amazing time you must have all had. It looks incredible! x

  4. January 7, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    He might not remember it but it's definitely a trip you can talk about over and over and remind him of all the amazing things he saw at such a young age! Looks fab x

  5. January 8, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Some lovely photos 🙂 Looks very beautiful, I'm sure you will have many more adventures and you can always tell him about it as he grows.

  6. January 8, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    What a beautiful trip and beautiful holidays! Even though he won't remember, you have made him happy and that's the main thing 🙂

  7. January 9, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Oh wow, these are such incredible photos! I'm sure Arthur will appreciate seeing this post in years to come x

  8. January 9, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    What an amazing place to see, even though he may not remember them, they will be leaving memories and experience for him in his little mind. When older he will be so adventourus!

  9. January 9, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    This is a stunning location. You've captured your memories well and will be able to share them as he grows.

  10. January 18, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Big Sur is amazing. I'd love to spend more time there. Hopefully you will bring him back someday. #MondayEscapes

  11. January 18, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    We loved the Big Sur! We were here last year, such a gorgeous place! We look forward to being back ourselves with the kids again 🙂

  12. January 19, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Beautiful post and beautiful pics. Big Sur is amazing, one of my favorite places on earth. #mondayescapes

  13. January 19, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Ah – kids don't know how lucky they are sometimes! I've wanted to visit Big Sur ever since I became obsessed with Kerouac as a 19 year old. Beautiful post.

  14. January 21, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Ohh amazing!! He won't remember but you have some great photos and stories to tell.
    It would be cool to go back when he is older 😀

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes 🙂

  15. January 28, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I read Kerouac whilst I was there and loved it 🙂 thanks for your kind comment xx

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