This is Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California.
It’s a small stretch of raw, unearthly beauty. You take a two mile drive through perfumed forest of fern, bay, lavender, acacia… tracking the Big Sur River to a Pacific Ocean outlet. The sand is purple, the color pulled down from garnet in the dunes above the beach. Right at the water’s edge huge boulders loom their gold and green and black rock, crevassed by smashing wind and surf.
Welcome to an ancient