Big Sur Session: Sleeping Beneath the Red Giants

Trip length
8 days
8.5 - 14
Wednesday, June 17, - Wednesday, June 24

The Camp Chrysalis Big Sur session is an ideal introduction to camping outdoors. Sleeping beneath the majestic redwoods in Pfeiffer State Park, we are embraced by their ecology.

We explore the Big Sur River retelling the story of how it shaped the geology around us while learning about the riparian Californian flora. As part of a park service project we learn about invasive plants and work with the rangers to remove them. The role of invasive species like crawdads is also explored when we spend an afternoon learning where they live and how to hunt and cook them. We hike up the river in search of glorious swim holes and learn to ride the currents in between huge boulders. We spend a day at the beach building driftwood palaces, swimming in a lagoon, sliding down natural water slides, and taking in the beauty of the headlands. At base camp, we create wooden jewelry, design our own T-shirts, and sketch in our Bare Book journals. On some evenings, we might venture into an open field to play games and stargaze.