The drive up to Big Sur was long (even though I didn’t drive – I don’t know how to drive stick), but it was worth it. It always amazes me how quickly the surroundings change. Being cramped in the car with fire wood, sleeping bags, and rations for a couple of days is bearable when you think about the big picture. Nothing beats sitting by the camp fire on a chilly night and looking up at the stars, especially when you’re warming up your toes and eating marshmallows. Pure bliss.