Our Very Excellent Adventure
On the Road to Monterey
Elephant Seals bask in the sun.
We are now at the coast and ready to drive north toward Monterey.
The day began slightly hazy or foggy. But the views are
We stopped at a Vista Point that had a boardwalk on the cliff
overlooking the water. Looking down we saw great clumps of
|It turns out
that these are only the females and
babies. They come ashore around this time each year
|They need to shed
their skin. This makes them cold, so they huddle together for
Or to hassle each other.
|What a different
experience this drive has been.
I was not terribly enthusiastic about this trip - my family lived in
Ventnor, near Atlantic City. I know oceans and I know
beaches. They are crowded, dirty, no place to park, long
walks from the car to the water. I was in for a huge
surprise. This stretch of beach has almost no houses blocking
access to the water. There are marvelous rocks and little
pockets of beach. It was April, and chilly, but we saw almost
no one on any of the beaches where we stopped. They felt like
our own private little haven.
rock in the restless waters,
wash over it, fogs conceal it;
halcyon day it is merely a monument.
navigable weather it is always a seamark
a course by: but in the sombre season
sudden fury, is what it always was.
The Dry Salvages
Can you see the cows grazing in this picture?
It's an amazing mix of geography.
||One side of the
road was ocean. The other is mountain.
There are spectacular views everywhere.
We always enjoying hearing
what people think.