If anyone has been paying attention, Big Sur didn’t have the best few years with landslides on their majestic coastline. My sister expressed interest in seeing the beautiful scenery but I was worried about the access to the coast. A friend of mine was pretty much local to the area and didn’t hesitate to take us to the most beautiful “secret” spots, high above the clouds. Now, when I say secret I don’t really mean private or anything. BLM land is accessible to anyone – only catch is most of the roads are not militantly maintained and need a 4×4 vehicle to access the prime locations. These types of spots are near and dear to my heart because I feel like I can get away. Which brings me to my next thought: exploring these for yourself.
With social media, a location can be found within seconds. I’ve seen so many hot springs, campsites, parks, etc. be overrun by people that are just curious enough to explore the area for a photograph to post. As a person who finds these areas for solitude and rejuvenation, you won’t find me sharing exact coordinates any time soon. I’m not a stiff, but I do believe in a world where information is practically handed to you on a silver platter; we have lost our curiosity. A pretty sappy article on Thought Catalog tugged at my heart with the passage: “We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean, because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.” The article itself is pretty dramatic, but it drives home the point. Sometimes, we focus more on the capture rather than the experience. Social media has become a game of keeping up with the Joneses. Funny enough, the overflow of information has sometimes rendered us helpless in many situations instead of aiding us. How many of us know how to read a map without google? Orient north on a compass? Just stop at a coffee shop without reading the yelp review? Remember a phone number besides our own?
So, to those who message “where is this?” – I encourage you to seek for yourself. I had a few ask me on social media and I will only share with those I trust and know not to share. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to ask that same question, only to have to figure it out for myself. You’re not really seeking adventure if you’re spoon-fed your “content”. Nowadays I can’t tell one “adventure” photographer/photography account from another because, for the most part, they all explore the same areas.
Be different, seek new places on your own. Seek because you are truly curious about the world around you.