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Trip Report

We were blessed with great weather, good company and great music (quiet music around the fire and a great reggae band in the resort bar).  Friday night late some went to Esalen to enjoy a cloudless night under the stars.  Saturday we split into two groups and headed to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to look for otters, sea lions, seals and pelicans.  We returned and enjoyed a grand meal replete with shrimp quesadillas (Maria and Doug), Yellowfin Tuna (Skip), delicious chicken (Jodie), baked potatoes and apple pie (Lillian), delicious pasta salad (Mark), an assortment of dessert treats from Ruth and too many other things to mention.  Saturday night we hit the springs and the resort bar or lounged around the fire and Sunday split Surville 2012 mostly happy campers.


Thanks very much to all for contributing to a great (albeit short) weekend.

Event Information
Event Name Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music
Event Date/Time 5/18/2012 2:00 PM to 5/20/2012 12:00 PM
Location in BIG SUR, CA
Event Type Photography, Social Gatherings, Cooking, Camping, Hiking
Event Description

Big Sur, Hiking, Hot Tub and Music-in-the-Woods Lovers,

If the event appears full, please sign up anyway!  I'll manage the signup by hand up until May 1st.

I have booked two (2) campsites at the Fernwood Resort in Big Sur. The campground is private and they have a restaurant, small store, and usually live music on the weekends. It is a good time. Of course this is Big Sur, so there are plenty of other things to do as well.  Last year we again had the good fortune to run into a group of professional musicians who congregate here every year right before the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas to sit around the campfire and jam.  I talked with Kate Wallace and Doug Clegg and am timing this trip to coincide with their 2012 appearance at "Surville".  Kate and Doug have again graciously invited us to join them near the campfire this year.  We'll also do the Saturday night potluck again, which will be coordinated after all have signed up.  We had some delicious food last year!

Each site has been reserved for 4 campers and 2 cars.  Each additional car beyond that is an additional $5/night.  See the website for more (some) details:

http://www.fernwoodbigsur.com/ 

I will make sure that all 8 spaces are filled with campers who are serious about attending by contacting active list members in April to confirm their status. Please feel free to sign up for the waiting list.

This year, to keep it simple, I will again ask for the money to be mailed to me up front.  It will be $30 total per person (more if you want Esalen reservations – see below).  I got two campsites next to each other on the other side of the volleyball court near the hillside amongst the trees. 

I will also be making reservations for myself at Esalen Institute (roughly 12 miles south of Fernwood) for Friday and Saturday nights.  “Our hot springs are open to the public for late night bathing from 1am to 3am. The cost is $20 per night, payable by credit card only. The number to phone for a reservation is 831-667-3047. Reservations must be made before arriving (as in ASAP). The reservation line is open between 8am and 7:45pm daily.”  They are cleaned daily and overlook the Pacific Ocean.  If you wish me to make a reservation for you at Esalen, I’ll ask for an additional $20 per person per night (credit card reservation in advance).  I will have my van for one last year, capable of carrying up to 6 passengers.  Note: these springs are “clothing optional”!!!  We weren't able to go last year due to the landslides, but everything is open and it's a New Moon, which should provide us with some beautiful stargazing.

I’ll post the address to send money in the ‘private’ section, which you will be able to see once you are officially signed up.  In the meantime, please sign up on the waiting list.

http://www.esalen.org/place/hot_springs.html

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Big+Sur&1s=CA&1a=47200+Highway+1&1z=93920&2c=Big+Sur&2s=CA&2a=55000+Highway+1+&2z=93920

The web site for this year’s Kerrville Festival is:

http://www.kerrville-music.com/

Last year's musicians included Kate Wallace, Doug Clegg, Caren Armstrong, Peter Gallway, Annie Gallup, Michael Camp, Tom Payne, Jim Sheridan, Richard, Caroline and many others.

 

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5 year(s) ago
Doug posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
Skipper, thanks for the effort. We had a great time and always love Big Sur. Posted some pics and more here:http://saabiar.smugmug.com/Other/Big-Sur-2012/23131425_3fXQZf#!i=1863254228&k=LBLM35L
5 year(s) ago
JC posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
Great trip, thanks for planning it, and for driving and making the reservations for Esalen! Thanks Doug & Maria for the gourmet cheese spread and shrimp quesadillas!
5 year(s) ago
Mark Muckenfuss posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
Skip, thanks again for all your work. Doug and Maria, what a catering job! A great outing!
5 year(s) ago
Lillian posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
I called Esalen and they were full for both nights. I am going to check out the Zen Center. They have springs.
5 year(s) ago
Mark Muckenfuss posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
Skip: I'm happy to bring some killer pasta salad. I too have a camp lantern I can bring. I figured the wine was a given. Still need some carpool coordination. If you can let me know the route people are taking, I'll do my best to find a place t...
5 year(s) ago
JC posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
Yes, Skip, if I can get a ride too, that would be great!
5 year(s) ago
Doug posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
Skipper, is the bus full?
5 year(s) ago
JC posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
How do I get on the waitlist for the hotsprings for Friday and Saturday night?
5 year(s) ago
mary mccue posted a comment on the event Big Sur year 5 - hiking, good eats, hot tubbing and for sure live music :
anyone car pooling from San Diego would love to join ya,,,,? Mary