San SimeonHearst Ranch, the gargantuan estate of William Randolph Hearst is at San Simeon, about 25 minutes from our Morro Bay campground. Next week, we plan to spend a few hours touring the property, but today, we took this picture as we drove by on Cabrillo Highway.
|Nearly impossible to see in this small photo, Hearst Castle is located atop the ridge just to the left of the photo center.
Elephant Seal Rookery
|Molting elephant seals
I could have never guessed there would be so many seals in one place. Clearly, they number in the tens of thousands. They come here from the middle of March until September to molt -- that is to grow new hair and skin, shedding the old.
|As many as 17,000 northern elephant seals come into this rookery.
|Looks like this one is showing off some shiny new silver /gray skin
|No they aren't dead... just look like it.
They are in process of shedding the old hair and skin.
|As far as I could see there were seals.
They are lined up side-by-side all the way up the edge of the water.
California Highway 1The north-south California roadway we're traveling today runs alongside much of the Pacific Ocean coastline. It is known by several names... CA 1, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Cabrillo Highway and the Shoreline or Coast Highway.
The highway is famous for beautiful scenery -- some of the most beautiful, in fact, in the entire country. The first section of this highway to open was the part that runs along the remote area of Big Sur. That piece of highway opened in the 1930's. We won't get that far north today though.
Point Piedras Blancas
|A distant photo of Piedras Blancas Light Station and the massive Piedras Blancas Rock
Ragged Point and Beyond
|Look closely to see a group of people (right of center) along the shore.
Back to Morro Bay
|Morro Rock in the distance.