Took the Scenic Route to LA today

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Took the Scenic Route to LA today

Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:06 am

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Post by rider5 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:08 am

California is marvelous. Too bad it's packed to the gills with people.

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Post by rezuar » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:49 pm

Breathtakingly beautiful.
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Post by Bastet » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:52 pm

Lovely. Reminds me of the Great Ocean Road down the coast here.

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Post by VinnyD » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:18 am

What kind of bird is that with the diamond-shaped tail?

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:38 pm

VinnyD wrote:What kind of bird is that with the diamond-shaped tail?


Super rare and exotic California Seagull.

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Post by VinnyD » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:46 pm

Rare and exotic around here. That tail is cool.

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Post by northern_goddess » Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:30 pm

How bad did the sea lions smell?
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Post by VinnyD » Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:32 pm

They are elephant seals. You can't get within smelling distance, or maybe when I was there the wind was in the wrong quarter.

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Post by northern_goddess » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:24 pm

Yes, sorry. Seals. I experienced masses of them and their stench when I was at the Skeleton Coast in Namibia. Urghhh.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:01 am

Our California Elephant Seals don't stink. At least I didn't smell anything and was downwind from them and within maybe 20 to 30 feet of them.

Here are links to a couple of live cams showing the Elephant Seals at San Simeon, where I was, and also at Ano Nuevo Island(that should be pronounced "anyo", not "ano" :lol: ). The males battle for "breeding rights" with harems of females, and what's going on now is that the alpha males are starting to "haul out" onto the beach and run off the "cucks".

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25732
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:56 pm

I stayed at a campground on the Oregon coast where I could hear them barking in the distance all night long.

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Post by avalon_ » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:44 am

Rider, the central coast isn't crowded. Most of the elephant seals congregate on that beach where Steve took a picture. A few lone ones come up on shore on the surrounding beaches. Abby and I have come across them. I try to check the beach out before I let her off leash for that reason during certain times of year (when the males are around).
For the most part, they don't defecate while resting on that beach, so the smell isn't too strong at all. If you look at the links Steve posted, it explains their journey. It's pretty extraordinary.

Steve, where is the photo where with the emerald green water? Did you hike down off the road to get there?

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:29 am

Avalon, that is at Point Lobos and the specific trail that went to that cove was the Bird Island Trail. My son and I got there right at 8 am, opening time, and we had the whole place almost to ourselves.

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Post by cummy » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:11 pm

those are really nice pics, steve. thanks for sharing.

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Post by avalon_ » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:00 am

Thanks, Steve!

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Steve_in_Exile wrote:Avalon, that is at Point Lobos and the specific trail that went to that cove was the Bird Island Trail. My son and I got there right at 8 am, opening time, and we had the whole place almost to ourselves.

Nice - I was wondering that too.
Have you been to Montaña de Oro state park? One of my favourite spots on the LA - SF stretch of coast. I miss California.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:39 am

I hadn't even heard of Montana de Oro, so googled it and it looks spectacular. I also ran across this interesting picture of a bobcat taken there...

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Post by simon_in_exile » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:33 am

Cool - a new place for you to visit. It's got some amazing tectonically raised beaches (lots of recent uplift going on in that stretch), and great wildflowers in spring (maybe that's why it's called Montaña de Oro?).
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Post by avalon_ » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:00 pm

simon_in_exile wrote:
Steve_in_Exile wrote:Avalon, that is at Point Lobos and the specific trail that went to that cove was the Bird Island Trail. My son and I got there right at 8 am, opening time, and we had the whole place almost to ourselves.

Nice - I was wondering that too.
Have you been to Montaña de Oro state park? One of my favourite spots on the LA - SF stretch of coast. I miss California.

Yes, it's very near my family's vacation home. I'll probably visit it at Christmastime. Great mountain biking. Dogs are very limited to certain trails there, so I haven't explored a lot lately. At least she's allowed on the beach there. Last I visited, there was a shark attack on a surfer while we were there. Luckily, it wasn't fatal.

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