Driving south from Carmel, we reached Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in only 10 minutes. I was so surprised by just how close everything was, considering that California is the third largest state in the U.S.! The state’s vastness can be seen in the diverse landscapes, however. We traveled from big city to small towns and now we were surrounded by mountains & seas.
The rocks and tide pools were fun to climb, just as I mentioned before…
The day was cold and foggy, but the fog had a beautiful effect on the landscape where it blurred the line between sky and sea. One line from Ed Sheeran’s song “I See Fire” was stuck in my head the whole time: Oh, misty eye of the mountain below…could you blame me though?
One of the most special moments was seeing mother and baby seals lay out on the beach in China Cove:
I guess we were too excited to see the seals, because we were told to lower our voices so that we don’t spook the mothers away and they abandon their babies. Oops.
Up ahead, the landscape changed even more. The beige colored rocks sort of reminded me of these Pamukkale thermal pools (but on a foggy day) or salt deposits.
This place is any landscape-lover’s dream. I was bordered by ocean to my right and mountains to my left. It was such a treat to see wildlife (the seals) in their natural habitat and these rugged landscapes untouched by man.
Have you ever been to Point Lobos? Are there other interesting sites or trails here that you’d recommend?
Thanks for reading!