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Where and When It All Began

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Limekiln State Part – Big Sur, California – October 2018

How blessed can one get? After leaving the New Cuyama Valley my car mysteriously chose to drive north up the 1 Freeway instead of heading south, which would be back home to Los Angeles.

Oh well, who was I to argue with that?

I knew I was taking a big risk, early Fall season on the California Coastline is a very difficult time to just show up to a coastal campground expecting them to have a site available… and this didn’t look like it was going to work out.

The entrance to Limekiln State Park was blocked off with a sign that said “Campground Full”

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As much as my heart sank in that moment, I didn’t just drive 3 hours further away from home to not at least see this all the way through.

So I drove down the steep driveway to the kiosk and when I pulled up to the window and asked if a spot was available the attendant let out some sort of chortle or snort… a snorttle I guess. He commented they are booked solid for the next 5 weeks or so.

He could likely see my immediate disappointment and I’m sure just to humor me, he looked at his clipboard and I literally saw the “shock and awe” come across his face.

Not only was there a spot open, but it was one of their nicest spots (#9) on the ocean side of the camp (as opposed to the redwood side, equally awesome!) right near the beach up against the river that flows through camp into the ocean.

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For those that know some of my story, it just so happens this was the exact spot I stayed in nearly 8 years ago when my life changed forever… the EXACT SAME SPOT, and it was the only spot available when none were supposed to be!

I don’t believe in coincidences much, Divine Appointments is how I choose to view stuff like this!

Needless to say, the next 18 hours was amazing with nature, sunset, sunrise and a host of other spectacular visual experiences.

Being situated under one of the several spectacular Highway 1 bridges, few people even realize that a campground exists underneath it. It is a place rich with history and wonderful hiking trails to a waterfall and the historic Limekilns.

For a much more detailed write-up, better pictures and camping info, check out the page dedicated to Limekiln on HIKESPEAK.COMĀ 

This also was the first campground where the foundation of JORHEALING began to percolate.

This trip, much like the one nearly 8 years ago to this campground, will truly be cherished for a lifetime.