"I descended a dusty gravel ridge, beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge, until I eventually arrived, at the place where your soul had died."
If you are driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway you will pass over Bixby Creek Bridge, which is the subject of the Death Cab for Cutie song, "Bixby Canyon Bridge". The Bixby Creek Bridge was erected in 1932 which completely baffles me. I'll never understand how bridges like these (which are still standing!) were built-in such treacherous conditions without modern equipment.
Prior to the bridge's completion, the residents of this area of Big Sur, California were essentially cut off during the winter. They really must have felt like they were living in their own secluded world. Even the most remote areas of the United States aren't that remote!
The height of my anxiety reached its pinnacle right as we crossed over the Bixby Creek Bridge. I've never had an anxiety attack before but pregnancy does weird things to your hormones. Next time, I'd love to stay overnight somewhere in Big Sur. I think driving leisurely, for me, would have equaled a less panic-stricken drive.
Jordan pulled off at one of the bridges vantage points and started taking photos while I stayed in the car to calm down. Eventually, I was able to calm down enough to step out of the car to admire the beautiful views. I didn't stray far though!
Driving Highway 1 throughout California is worth experiencing, anxiety and all! The coastline is the dreamiest with its mountains, lush farmland and picturesque coastline all sharing space. I loved watching the waves crash against the cliffs. I imagined the many view points that haven't changed from generation to generation.
Have you been to Bixby Creek Bridge or stayed overnight in Big Sur before?