Large Critters and Large Numbers
"Where have you been, Potstirrer?", you ask... Well, you will recall from a previous entry, HERE, that it's prime time for viewing the Piedras Blancas elephant seal colony near Hearst Castle up on the central coast. I know some of you have made the trip to visit that beautiful part of our state and have seen those magnificent animals in person. Others of you may have visited the web site that includes a web cam that shows live images during the day and a tape at night, HERE.
I must tell you that there's really nothing quite like a personal visit to the boardwalk four miles north of Hearst Castle on California Highway 1 this time of the year, when there are pups popping out like Pez, huge males fighting for mating rights and the mating that occurs as a result.
So, I snuck off for a few days, knowing full well that you'd miss me while I was gone. My bag of technological tricks I took with me let me down, so I couldn't post new blog entries but did manage to post all the comments you sent my way. Well, those that were at least marginally worthy of posting. We can discuss that another time.
I want to remind you that there's still time to take a nice weekend drive up the coast - it's about 270 miles from Costa Mesa - spend the weekend in Cambria or San Simeon - or Cayucos, if you prefer - and see the critters. Of course, you'll need to stop in to the Hearst Castle Visitor Center for a snack or souvenirs, too. Prime time will continue through this month, although there are elephant seals on the beach all year long.
When you visit the boardwalk look for folks wearing bright blue windbreakers - they are the volunteers from the Friends of the Elephant Seal who are there to answer every question you may have about the elephant seals. Many of them have been performing their duties for more than 15 years and have racked up more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time to help make your visit more enjoyable.