There are trips I prepare for and other trips I just don't want to hassle with the preparation. My last trip to Big Sur was the fun, unprepared trip I always wanted to do. It was so much fun but I do regret not researching on the Mission Carmel Basilica. If I would have prepared I would have know that this is Father Serra's final resting place. His portrait is on the first step of the alter and his remains are buried on the floor. Because I didn't do my research I did not get a photo of Father Serra's resting place which is an iconic feature of the mission. On my next trip I will research first then have fun when I am there.
On my last road trip I camped at Big Sur State Park. I did not pack food because I considered it more of a road trip than a camping trip. I just wanted to use the campground for sleeping. When I arrived at Big Sur it was about 3:00 pm and I had missed lunch so I decided to have an early dinner at Big Sur Lodge Restaurant.
The Restaurant was mostly empty except for a couple eating at the far end of the restaurant. The Hostess was friendly and immediately sat me near the fire place at a table next to the window. I was able to admire the tall redwoods just outside my window, I felt so remote from the city at that moment. Although the restaurant was empty it had a romantic vibe to it, candle lit tables, roaring fireplace, large windows with views of the woods. Apparently Valentine's Day is their busiest day.
Since I did not rent a room at a hotel and choose to camp, I was able to use the money I saved on more expensive meals. I selected the Grilled Top Sirloin for my dinner and a coke because I needed the caffeine. The meat was a little overcooked for my taste but since I was starving I ate my meal within minutes afterwards I enjoyed the view. The services was excellent.