We love rv’ing because it allows us to enjoy so many wonderful things on our travels. One of the most recent was a springtime travel north from southern
California on Highway 1 as
we followed the California and Oregon shores. This highway has views and sights that we
could never tire of and so many locations that are wonderful to explore.
|A beach of seals|
The best stop of the day was to see the Elephant Seals as they lay on the beach as far as the eye could see. Approaching from the parking area it is quite amazing to see so many but my first glance did have me wondering if I was looking at driftwood or seals! There are approximately 17,000 seals that will stop at this San Simeon Piedras Blancas rockery.
|A sandy seal love-in|
|Elephant seal playtime|
|Feeling that warm sun|
|Alone but not for long|
|Pups packed in like sardines|
|Pelicans seen flying by|
|Piedras Blancas Lighthouse|
The Piedras Blancas Light Station is situated about a mile north of the rockery. The lighthouse was built like the east coast style in 1875. Due to damage done in the earthquake of 1948, the top three layers were removed so it is now 9 m (30’) shorter than the original. There are guided tours offered but we did not stop so that is on the list for our next visit to this area.
If your travels allow you, I would recommend you make a stop to view the Elephant seals. The number of seals there will be determined by the time of year you visit, we were there the beginning of April. This rockery is located on Hwy 1 just 19 km (12 miles) north of Cambria or about 6 km (4 miles) north of the entrance to
and at the south end of Big Sur on the California
coast. There is a large parking area, it
is open all year round and has no admission charge. Don’t forget your camera! Follow us as we drive north on the Pacific Coast Highway.