Tuesday, August 17, 2010

California Trip: Coast

The last half of our California trip was spent along the coast where we made a visit to The Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's my favorite aquarium since we first visited it in the 90s.

I was mesmerized by the jellyfish . . .

. . . and the baby sea turtles.

We then drove south on Highway 1 beyond Big Sur . . .

to a beach where Elephant Seals use---during their molting period. This photo was taken from about 100 feet away. The seals have this great beach to themselves because it's fenced to keep out tourists.

An older seal cools off in the water. He has the large "trunk-like" nose giving the seals their name.

These two young seals didn't get the memo about lying on the beach!

I was surprised at how undeveloped most of the coast was--thankfully the state has set aside much of the coastline for public access.

On our way back to San Francisco for the return flight, we stopped by Big Basin State Park at Boulder Creek. The giant majestic redwoods remind me of what our Appalachian forests might have looked like centuries ago. Back then, American chestnut and oak trees reached these heights (200-300 ft).

No matter how good the trip, I am always happy to get back home.


  1. I love coming home too after a great trip! Great pictures!

  2. So glad it was such a good trip. And you are so right...no matter how wonderful, it's always nice to get back home.

  3. It's good to have you back on "our" coast.

  4. Little Messy Missy, NCmountainwoman, and webb---we have agree, it's good to be home.

  5. Stunning view agian. I love Love the two seals and the trees are a wonder in themselfs.
    You really have a beautiful blog filled with amazing moments you have captured.

  6. What fascinating photos. I love the jellyfish--so striking!--and the seals. Did you hear the seals call? There's an old legend about their once having been human, I think?