Monterey for MLK

For the long weekend (thank you MLK, you still continue to be the man), we went to Big Sur / Monterey for a nice getaway from the city.

We drove down to Big Sur first to do a couple of hikes. Fun Fact: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are not the same park. They’re actually 12 miles apart. Also, Pfeiffer Falls is not the same as McWay Falls.

Pfeiffer Falls is located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Pfeiffer Falls is located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

We drove to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park since it was the first one we saw, and Pfeiffer Falls was one of the trails which I thought was the same thing as McWay Falls, cause I’ve been there before but didn’t remember the name but I did remember it going into the ocean. But then we started hiking away from the coast and into the mountains for this short easy-to-moderate, 60-minute hike to the falls, which didn’t really make sense to me, and it ended up to be Pfeiffer Falls.

Then Matt googled it and saw that McWay Falls was actually in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which was 12 miles south. So we drove there and did an even shorter hike to the real McWay Falls.

McWay Falls

And it was beautiful.

We also went deep-sea fishing, which was a first for me. The boat left at 6am, and it was dark and cold, but then the sun came up.

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AND I actually baited the hook, and caught LOTS of fish, AND took the fish off the hooks all by myself. We got about 20 lbs of Mackerel and Sand Dabs between the two of us. There were these pelicans that would just sit on the water by our fishing lines, waiting for us to pull the fish up. Then they try to STEAL OUR FISH.

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The audacity.

Then the real fishermen who own the boats went crabbing for two hours, where they dropped these traps into the water and then pull them up a few minutes later.

crabs

At the end of the 6-hour trip, we each took home 6 Dungeness crabs and all the fish we caught. The fishermen will clean all your fish for you for a small fee and tip, then we had a huge crab boil and fried fish feast when we got home.

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And it was delicious.

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