First, a little golf up in Pacific Grove, and then a visit to Point Lobos State Reserve just south of Carmel.
On the day before we visited Point Lobos, Carl played FREE golf at the municipal course out at Point Pinos in Pacific Grove.
Carl's round of golf was FREE because part of the course occupies Coast Guard land with a lighthouse. Therefore, all Coasties, active or retired, get to play there for free! It was a beautiful, rare fog-free day out there, but with a lot of wind.
This view is south looking along the famous 17-Mile Drive in Pacific Grove. Point Lobis is the point of land visible in the distance on the horizon.
Two seals sleep above the constant wave action. along the 17-Mile Drive.
The famous "Lone Cypress" along 17-Mile Drive, with Point Lobos in the background across the bay.
A closer look at the Lone Cypress, an iconic symbol of this part of the central California coast.
We were there ... our 45th anniversary was the night before.
Point Lobos State Reserve sits just south of Carmel. It is a very popular park, and is often very crowded. It helped that we went there on a Monday.
Now we're at Sandhill Cove on Point Lobos. Point Lobos has been called the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world" by landscape artist Francis McComas ... debatable, perhaps, but it is a real contender.
A Black Crowned Night Heron with two chicks on the rocks of Sandhill Cove.
Seaside succulents, Sandhill Cove. It's Dudleya, according to my personal botanist, Ken Kelley.
Point Lobos always has lots of seabirds, but warmer waters due to climate change has brought a lot of small fish, like anchovies, and that in turn has attracted even more seabirds than usual to this coast.
Sea Lion Cove.
Multi-image panorama of Sea Lion Cove.
Headland Cove on the right, Punta de Los Lobos Marinos (Sea Wolf Point) on the left. Multi-image panorama.
Point Lobos seems to have lots of unique plants, these observed as we started to hike the Cypress Cove Trail.
Cypress Grove Trail : Poison Oak and moss in the foreground, Monterey Cypress Trees in the background.
Cypress Grove Trail ... Lichen on poison oak branches.
Moss on Poison Oak branches.