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Friday, January 28, 2011

Elephants on the California Beach!

Today we decided to take a drive up the coast on Highway 1.  The road leaves San Luis Obispo & highway 101 and heads west past Cuesta Community College, one of my clients from before I retired.  The route continues on through Morro Bay, and on up the coast past Hearst Castle and, if you stay on it long enough, all the way to Monterey.  We drove up past Hearst Castle about 5 miles and came to some scenic lookouts that were really interesting.  The shot below is a panorama of the first lookout.

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Here is a close up of the shoreline.  As you can see, it is quite rocky with sand between the rocks. 2011-01-28 12.15.39

What is really interesting though is that this section of beach is home to the California Sea Elephants, a variety of seal.  They are laying here on the beach and periodically using their flippers to flip sand onto themselves.2011-01-28 12.20.45

As you can see, there are a whole lot of these guys. 2011-01-28 12.22.45 2011-01-28 12.22.51

Close up, they resemble walruses to me.

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We had a picnic lunch at Hearst Beach State Park but ate in the car because it was too windy.  We then went through several towns on the way back just to get a feel for them.  Drove about 130 miles and were home at 3:45.

2 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

love the last photo!..they are so cute!!.smelly I know but cute just the same!

Gail Durham said...

Now that's a face only a mother could love. Great picture!