Resident Feature

Exploring Big Sur

In early October, my family and I drove to Big Sur, located on the scenic Highway 1, for my daughter’s seventeenth birthday. We were totally blown away by the 90-mile stretch of the unmatched natural grandeur of the stunning Pacific coastline with dramatic cliff side views.

Our first stop was at the windy Hurricane Vista Point, where we clicked a few selfies with the famous arch shaped Bixby Bridge, (the most photographed bridge in California due to its aesthetic design and picturesque setting) with magnificent views of the blue water beaches and rugged shoreline. I was very excited since this iconic landmark and Big Sur star was featured in one of my favorites “Big Little Lies” – the hit HBO series.

Another new sensation is the beautiful Pitkins Curve Bridge, south of Big Sur, near Limekiln State Beach. Driving through the rock shed/tunnel, we saw steep rock faces on one side and the magnificent ocean on the other side through the arches- definitely a wow factor!

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park was closed due to severe storm damage from last year but we were lucky to get a sneak peak at the shockingly beautiful McWay Falls, from one of the overlooks on Highway 1, dropping around 80 feet into a pristine beach in an enchanting cove- a photographer’s paradise and it surely reminded me of Hawaii.

Another highlight of our trip was Point Lobos State Reserve with amazingly breathtaking sea cliff vistas overlooking the vibrant blue coastal waters, well manicured hiking trails, ancient trees- the outstanding Monterey Cypress (Cypress Grove trail), California seal lions (Sand Hill trail/Sea Lion Point), Sea Otters (China Cove) and abundant nesting birds (Bird Island trail/Pelican Point). I was in awe of China Cove, a brilliant emerald green Cove with a tiny pocket beach surrounded by high Rock walls on three sides like a boxed Canyon. And it’s here we caught the sea otters playing in the kelp bed – a rare sight to behold!

All-in-all, Big Sur(prise) was the perfect little weekend getaway-right in my backyard, less than three hours from Blackhawk, Danville.


By Sonia Lamba, Resident since 2015

As an aspiring photographer, I have always loved taking beautiful photos of my friends and family, nature and travels. After having a fulfilling career in finance in New York, I moved to California in 2014 where my love for photography turned into an invigorating passion. Moving to gorgeous Blackhawk has further enriched and blossomed my love for the camera. I take my camera everywhere, regardless of how short the distance is. Knowing me, there is always a photo opportunity!