Camping in Bottchers Gap, Big Sur CA

We tent camped last weekend at a smaller less-crowded campground called Bottchers Gap in Big Sur, CA. All of the other campsites were full and when we arrived around 2pm in the afternoon there were still open pull-up campsites and lots of walk-in campsites open as well. It started to fill up as the evening progressed but it seems that this place isn’t usually peoples first choice. The campsite is situated several miles down a long canyon road called; Palo Colorado Canyon Rd that leads you through some of the most beautiful and interesting houses I have ever seen. I felt like we were in some sort of secret land as we drove down the meandering road.


The road dead-ends into the campground so you can’t miss it. There is a camp host who lives on-site and has been doing so for 30 years. He really loves to chat so when you arrive don’t be alarmed when he comes out from his little airstream trailer to say hello right when you arrive. He is also very knowledgeable about the area and the rules, he will make sure to tell you about all these things too. DSCF2293Bottcher’s Gap is used by many as a trailhead for backpacking, which I didn’t know when I arrived but I snapped a picture of the map that they had posted at the campground so I could research coming back for a backpacking trip. DSCF2295 DSCF2305

The view from the back of the campsite is so beautiful!DSCF2324

Here is Duke, looking adorable in the early morning sunlight. DSCF2321


On the way back up the coast we stopped at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for Pineapple Dole Whips… SO WORTH IT.DSCF2343 DSCF2353


It was a grand weekend indeed. I think we will be coming back for a backpacking trip when it heats back up a little, maybe early spring?



Snack Attack!

If I really want a milkshake I go to Saturn  Cafe. The great thing about this restaurant is its all vegetarian but it doesn’t make you feel like you are at a vegetarian restaurant. It leaves all the chia seeds, cacao nibs and other gourmet ingredients out. Its like eating at an old 1950’s style diner, and there are no assumptions that it is a meat free place until you look at the menu. I’ve been to both locations in Santa Cruz and Berkeley and the staff is friendly, they have a gluten free menu, AND I can order a huge filling salad, fries AND A MILKSHAKE. Milkshakes are my kryptonite and I never get to have them so going here makes me feel like I can have what I really want off the menu.

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They have fun tables with themes there too, so depending on which table you’re at you can look at all kinds of cool stuff under the glass.


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This GIANT salad, is what I usually order when I go. Its the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. I love the heavy amount of avocado! YUM! There is “chick’n” on it that is Gluten Free and I always get BBQ sauce on the side(also gluten free) instead of the ranch. (the GF onion strings on top are soo good too!)

I will advise that whenever you order the waitress has always told me to make sure to mention you are gluten free and dairy free so that can make sure to get your order right.


Last time I was in they told me they have two separate fryers for two different types of french fries. One for gluten free fries and the other for their shoestring fries that do have gluten, which is pretty amazing considering most places don’t accommodate for this. My boyfriend always orders the nachos but with french fries instead of chips, which he says are really good.

I also almost always get a milkshake. Make sure to tell them vegan or not because they do have two types.


My amazing milkshake always makes me very happy.


If you decide to visit make sure to always check with your server to make sure nothing on the menu has changed and let them know of your allergies. They have always been very helpful and know their menu very well.