Instagram account calls out potentially illegal, unsafe activities in Big Sur
Drive up Highway 1 in Big Sur and you’ll see tons of people with their phones out, trying to get that perfect shot for Instagram.
One account is calling out folks who go to questionable lengths for their photos.
The Instagram account @bigsureducatesyou takes screenshots of posts from other Instagram accounts and calls users out for violations like crossing past an “Area Closed” sign or standing in the middle of the highway. (The account was originally called @bigsurhatesyou, but the name was
changed “to be more professional and friendly,” according to a Monday afternoon post on the account.)
One of the screenshots posted on the @bigsureducatesyou account shows a woman standing under Mcway Falls. “Climbing down to the beach and calling it ‘taking one for the team’ is not only stupid, it’s illegal,” the caption reads.
The coastal waterfall, along with other beaches in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, is off limits to the public and trespassing can lead to citation and arrest, according to California State Parks.
“The areas are extremely hazardous,” State Parks said. “Failure to respect the boundaries has resulted in complex rescue operations and tragic loss of lives.”
Matthew Khalar, a supervising ranger for California State Parks in Big Sur, said Instagram and other social media have caused a change in how tourists interact with the area.
“If you go to the Bixby Bridge on weekends, sometimes we have to have CHP officers stationed there all day long because people will just stop in the middle of the road for that photo,” Khalar said. “It wasn’t like that two years ago.”
A screenshotted Instagram post on the @bigsurhatesyou account shows a woman in the middle of the highway.
A screenshotted Instagram post on the @bigsurhatesyou account shows a woman under Mcway Falls.