A trip to Big Sur would not be the same if you never drove over Bixby Bridge. Even if you didn’t know where it was, you cannot avoid noticing it as you came near the bridge. First the graceful curve of the coast where Bixby spans over rocky pillars at the two ends of a gorgeous beach, then the throngs of tourists at the north end taking selfies or having their pictures taken, some hovering near an almost vertical drop to the rocks below.
There are several other bridges before and after Bixby, most built in the same year, in the same style, but Bixby stands out because its beautiful lines and setting.
Fleeing the throngs of tourists with an insatiable appetite for photos, I walked to the other side of the road and made a short hike inland. That side also had several cars parked there, and one pickup truck went deep inland, maybe looking for a way to get down near the waves. That was to be proven fruitless. The only way to go down was to hike a treacherous and slippery trail, and you would be trespassing over private land.
Seeing no one at the southern end, I drove over, parked the car and climbed on top of a small earth mound and took the following shot.
Then looking down, the view of the beach was simply breathtaking.
Bixby is the most photographed on the Pacific Coast, and has been featured in movies and commercials, especially car commercials. As I was thinking about that, a red convertible Ford Mustang glided over the bridge toward me. Maybe another career was opening up, who knows?