Where We Are in 30 Seconds! – (Big Sur, CA)

The northern coast of California was vast and unpopulated compared to the Bay area. However, south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey lies a similar but shorter stretch of sparsely populated California-Hwy 1, complete with craggy cliffs, high surf, and rolling hills. This is BIG SUR.  It’s an easier drive compared to the unrelenting hairpin curves of the north, and slightly warmer, making it a favorite for artists and writers, like Kerouac and Ferlingetti. Today, this exploration of coast is mostly taken by tourists and rich folks coming up from LA.

We had seen a few seals and numerous shore birds and Pelicans from cliffs, and had heard rumors of Grey Whale sightings along the never-ending coast north of San Francisco, but the southern stretch of coastal Route 1 had a much more ‘up close and personal’ surprise for us around the corner.

In recent years an Elephant Seal Colony had established itself on a stretch of beach no more than 50 feet off the road! The State had built a parking lot and fence to keep people form getting too close to these multi-ton animals. “Friends of the Elephant Seal,” a non-profit group, also had naturalists on hand to answer questions to the constant stream of travelers that stopped to get a closer look at these huge and populous animals.

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