Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Elephant Seals! and silent monks

WOW! Surprise of the day - elephant seals - immense and amazing. Just north of Cambria and San Simeon thousands of them come to mate, fight, give birth, grow blubber, learn how to swim, molt and take off to swim to Alaska and do it all over again. A full grown male elephant seal weighs 5,000 lbs and has a long proboscis  (why they are called elephant seals). These guys are not to be believed. Amazing sights gallumping along the beach headed for the water, 4 flops at a time. They flip sand over themselves to keep cool and protect their skin from the sun. And they nap - a lot - looking like rocks or logs lying on the beach.

Next surprise was the Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, a tip from a lady weeding her field of poppies along the highway. The monks are silent, the road long and winding, and oh so beautiful. Very very high up. Very very gorgeous.

California poppies are reason enough to live in California - all by themselves.

Miles today: 70

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