It’s almost December, winter is upon us. Autumn passed in a blur. Seriously, I blinked and it was gone. Part of the reason it went by so quickly was that I spent about half of it on the road. It was partly business and partly pleasure and it was a good percentage of adventure, too.
Back in October, Tom and I had two shoots in California: one was in Southern California, the other was in San Francisco and in between, we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway, taking in Big Sur and Napa Valley. Regular followers of Long Haul Films will know that I’m kinda’ obsessed with California. And by kinda’ obsessed, I mean I go there for work or play at every available opportunity. This trip did nothing to abate my California love (in the ciiiittyyyy, the city of Compton….). In fact, spending time in Big Sur just cranked it up by about a million.
There are not enough superlatives in this world to describe Big Sur. It’s a magical, mystical, marvelous place of incomparable physical grandeur. The views are so beautiful that they almost hurt. The air smells of unicorns and fairies. Ok, that last part was an exaggeration, but it’s not far off. We only got to spend two days in Big Sur, which was nowhere near enough. On one of those days, we got up and drove in the pitch black down winding roads and waited for the sun to rise above the Pacific. It will definitely go down as one of the best memories of my life.
And most especially because it was one of the few hours of alone, non-working time I got on the trip with this guy….
Words cannot express my love for Big Sur, and I have a feeling this will be the first of many trips to this incredible strip of coastline.
Other adventurous highlights from this trip included…
- Filming a wedding in Orange County
- Shooting a commercial in San Francisco and dodging some seriously paranoid homeless folks in the process
- Meeting a dream client in Napa (fingers crossed on that one, but I’m counting on you, universe….)
- Our (finally) first-ever visit to In-N-Out Burger
I did wimp out on one adventure opportunity when my friend J invited me to take a 25-minute swim in the Pacific with her one Sunday morning. I’ve spent a lot of time this year jumping headlong into cold water, but the big waves and my not-so-amazing swimming ability caused me to chicken out… But now I have it on the brain that I need to get out there and do the swim one of these days. Maybe with those swimmies that kids wear…?
California might be my favorite place for adventures, and I’m excited to have one more trip coming up this year to pack some more in…. until next time, Cali!