When we were in Calfornia, Ross and I drove (or rather Ross drove!) from Los Angeles to Monterrey Bay along the Pacific Coastal Highway. Parts of this road were just incredible and absolutely breathtaking. It was amazing how the climate changed from the sunny heat of Malibu to the cooler, foggy Monterey. Along the way, we saw plenty of wildlife including dolphins, whales, bird of prey and of course the Piedras Blancas elephant seals.
There weren’t a huge number of seals on the beach but there was a few males present who were massive! There was one poor soul who was very underweight and looking a bit worse for wear who had me feeling sorry for him. They did appear to be quite lazy beasts and it’s no wonder why as it looked like a serious effort for them to move themselves on land. Ross and I found it hilarious watching the males drag themselves only a few feet to then give up and go to sleep. Due to their pendulous noses, it looked like they were snoring as each exhale sent up a cloud of sand, which was amusing. The females were much more nimple and the pair above were having a bit of a spat over an apparently good sunbathing spot.
One of the highlights for me was seeing a whale breach as we were driving along. There are loads of vista points and we quickly got off the road so we could admire a humpback whale swimming off into the distance from high up on the cliffs tops. Really should have packed some binoculars!
A few days later into the trip, we also continued past San Francisco and drove along Highway 1 towards Stinson Beach. I snapped the below photograph with my iPhone 4-S from the car and it makes me smile looking at it and thinking back.
“California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day”