Big Sur is a rugged, mountainous section of the Central Coast of California, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. Highway 1 winds along the precipitous mountain sides, back into narrow canyons then out to the broad Pacific. Wildflowers of many kinds abound and wind shaped trees line the ridges. I have spent many days exploring the coast and looking into some of the canyons cutting down the mountains where there are redwoods and firs, pines and cedars. The Big Sur coastline goes from Ragged Point in the south to Carmel river in the north.