We have for you the second part of our Pacific Yogi Road Trip photo journal. As we make our way from San Francisco down Highway 1, we are greeted with the beauty of the south. I think the hardest part about doing this drive is having to focus on the road because to the left and right national geographic is playing out for all to see. Seeing the landscape and feeling the climate change every time we step in and out of the car makes you realize just how diverse and sensitive this natural world is. We left the mossy cedar and foggy fern forests of BC and stepped out on a desert - with a few select stops in between. Here are some of the many moments of awhh that coincided with us remembering we had a camera on hand.
Davenport is a little seaside enclave along Highway 1 with soulful grassy cliffs and stunning views. A perfect rest stop to connect and meditate.
CARMEL - MONTEREY
Carmel and Monterey, its no wonder people come to retire here. You earned it, you deserve the most beautiful oak dotted hills and scenic shores. Time to relax, time to restore. We felt the peace, played in the sand and connected to spirit. Simple beauty and sandy sun salutations. The serene beaches and meditative landscape made for a beautiful space to unwind and just be.
We've seen lots of pictures of Big Sur and the beautiful cliffs and deep blue water, but seeing it first hand was another level. AMAZING, a real power spot and filled with gooooood energy. People come here to be resparked and inspired, we definitely felt the presence.
MALIBU - VENICE
Oh we fell in love with this Scandinavian inspired cafe on Malibu Pier. Farm fresh, organic and tasty whole foods in the most idyllic setting. We loved it. We then went on to explore Santa Monica and Venice - general stores, tacos, turmeric latte's and Kundalini yoga were our go to's while here.
We explored lots of creative enclaves that are popping up throughout the sprawling city, each with it's own vibe and form of expression. Silverlake, Koreatown, Downtown, Arts District, West Hollywood.... so many makers, curators, creatives and artsy foodies that make LA an appealing cultural and artistic hub.
The desert is a wondrous and mysterious place. Nature in the desert is extremely edited, which allows space for peaceful, calm and meditative alertness. We found so many picturesque moments and scenes of desert white that added to this calmness. The desert, in its stillness, leaves an inspiring simplicity that you long to delve deeper into. We were able to soak this all in as we got to spend a week in Palm Desert celebrating Christmas with the family.
There is a vast presence in this park. We could have easily spent days on end here and next time we will surely be camping in one of their surreal pitch spots. This place is made for exploring and taking in its beauty. The stone formations are architectural and sculpturally diverse. The plant life is curious in its expression from the mini hedge hog like cactuses to the dancing joshua tree. Definite magic exists in this place - will be back for it soon.
Photography by Azulie