We had already scratched Point Lobos State Reserve off the itinerary when I started chatting to a lovely lady who owned one of the many gorgeous art galleries in Carmel-by-the-sea. She was distraught by the fact we weren’t going there for a visit, as was I when did our “we need to take something off the list, everyone raise their hands…” vote.
During breakfast I asked for a re-vote and after breakfast we were lined up on Highway 1.
Point Lobos State Reserve, located of the central coast of California, is beautiful, there’s no clever way around it. It may sound silly, but it’s a place you can go to just breathe. With water dramatically cashing into rocks on one side, and that same water sitting still and pretty on the other, the collection of cypress trees, forest, short and long trails, and plants behind seems like a greedy combination of natural beauty. One I definitely don’t feel any guilt in taking advantage of.
There are land animals skipping all around, not usually seen as they are nocturnal (we’re all very safe. the coyotes will not feed on us), and there are sea animals up the wazzo. I will go back and scuba dive one day. I will. I will. I will. There are also oysters, and star fish, and crabs you can stalk in the breaks of the rocks if you’re there later in the day when the tide has gone down.
Now, my sister swears she saw a bunch of whales. I didn’t believe her since I asked her what color they were (both blue whales and orcas are migrating this time of year) and she paused. Long pause. But, hey, I’m probably just jealous she saw them and not me.
We also had way too much fun with the breathe taking sunset Point Lobos provides. Well, mostly me. I was making everyone pose for pictures before the light left us. Sorry guys. It’s just…I really could have spent all day in Point Lobos.
So I guess the old saying is true, the best things in life are free.. or are donation based, or cost $10 if you’re in a van and want to park inside.