While we were in Carmel, Brad and I made a visit to Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve which is one of the top viewing spots for wildlife on the California Coast. Artist Francis McComas called Pt. Lobos “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” We were lucky that our hotel room had some binoculars because it made it much easier to see some of the wildlife offshore. Traveling along the California coast has really made me more aware and appreciative of coastal marine life. For example, I used to think that seaweed was slimy and annoying (so ignorant). Now, I know that it is a vital piece of the ocean’s life-system. When I see a huge kelp bed from above, I know that it extends far beneath the surface to support tons of marine life, including sea otters!
These rocks are all covered with seals.
Now, that's a beautiful kelp bed.
Red lichen grows on the cypress trees at Pt. Lobos. Quite a beautiful sight, indeed.
There was a huge colony of birds at Bird Island which was really fascinating to see. The only problem? It stank!
Jellies in the wild!
We had heard a lot about the 17-mile drive in Monterey. I’m almost hesitant to say this because SO many people have told me how great this drive is, but I was a little underwhelmed. It was cloudy which may have had something to do with it, but I also found it a little odd that we, and a boatload of other tourists, were driving through a full-on neighborhood. I had a vision that it was more of a long, winding road that hugged the coast the whole time. All in all, it was still a great drive with lots to see: beaches, cypress trees, wildlife, nice homes, and, perhaps most notably, Pebble Beach Golf Course. It was neat to walk where championship golfers have walked and get a sense for the feeling of pride that comes with winning the PGA Championship at Pebble Beach.
*This post is part of a series chronicling our two-week road trip vacation through California, Utah, and Nevada. Click here to read about our other road trip adventures: