|Bixby Bridge, Big Sur|
|Lupine in the meadow at Fernwood, where it meets Pfieffer State Park|
Fernwood Resort - Fernwood is the party campground at Big Sur - not the obvious choice for a family with a baby. It (kind of) worked for us because our family friends were having a big birthday celebration at Fernwood, and we wanted to be close to the action. Unfortunately, Friday night the campsite across from us was party central. The wanna-be frat boys and girls drunkenly yelled into the wee hours. The baby slept right through it, but it kept me up. It’s the third time I’ve been kept up all night by noisy partiers at Fernwood. Seems to come with the territory.
|Our family has camped with the Howdy gang since I can remember at the Strawberry Music Festival, lots of the crew were at Fernwood, so the sign went up|
|Mom with her hotel room bar, Fernwood Resort|
|Breakfast muffin at Big Sur Bakery|
|Wild Iris in Pfieffer Big Sur State Park|
At Pfieffer, you will see families set up for 7-day stretches, making bacon and pancakes breakfasts for 12 people every morning. Packs of children bicycle around the grounds. If you’ve got older children, a trek down the river to the gorge swimming hole in river shoes and bathing suits is a must-do activity. The trek itself takes you through mini-waterfalls of fresh cool water over smooth stones. The gorge itself is a deep pool flanked by large rock faces and a pebble beach. A swim between two large rock overhangs brings you to rushing waterfalls you can climb into. The gorge is a fantastic swimming hole, truly not-to-be-missed. Unless, that is, you have a one-year old baby. The trek is too treacherous with a baby or toddler.
|The patio at Big Sur Bakery|
So, we got exhausted. But, the hike was just gorgeous - through oak ringed meadows, cool moist redwood groves, over the Big Sur River, along Pfieffer Creek, up above the redwoods past buckeye and manzanita in the sun - and finally to the falls.
|"The place where the bacon meet."|
Big Sur Bakery serves brunch at 10:30am, with dishes like avocado toast with watermelon radishes and mixed green salad (mmmmm) and dinner, for which you need reservations. Or, like us, you can just show up and order from the counter.
|Bacon Croissant, Almond Croissant, and Bran Muffin at Big Sur Bakery|
|Wilder's first bluegrass jam|
|Birthday boy Jim, mom, and Jonie|
|Monkey flowers, Pfieffer State Park|
|Spring meadow in Pfieffer|
|Pfieffer Falls in Pfieffer State Park|
|The campsite, Fernwood Resort|
Our portable pack and play was a lifesaver. Wilder spent lots of time in it, in our campsite, in friends’ campsites, down by the river, and in the middle of the crowd at a bluegrass jam. He’s at the age where he needs some physical freedom, yet, as a crawler, I can’t let him crawl in the dirt all day and night.
A baby carrier for hiking is also essential. The Baby Bjorn hurts my back, but works just fine for dad, so he carried Wilder on hikes. He can face in (for naps) or out (for the view) in the Bjorn. We also used the stroller on a short hike. Our Britax B-Agile stroller is almost off-road. We take it on trails all the time.
|With Grandma, Big Sur River|
Pfieffer Big Sur State Park
Big Sur Bakery