Up From Baja: Point Lobos Migrates North


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Point Lobos, California State Park – All Photos (c) 2009 Russell Johnson

Don’t know much about geology, but what I am learning defines me, in the nature of things, as the insignifcant biped that I am.

Paid a visit to the Pinnacles National Monument. Not recommended during the summer as the temperatures regularly hover around the 100F mark. The best time to go is in the cool spring when the wildflowers are blooming.

I did learn (in the air conditioned comfort of a interpretive center) that The Pinnacles are actually the weathered remnants of an ancient volcano, half of which hitched its way along the tectonic freeway and is now holed up in some rock motel north of Los Angeles.

But as movers and shakers go, Point Lobos is the clear winner.

One of California’s most scenic State Parks once rested about 1200 miles south near — Aye Carrumba! — the tip of Baja. I won’t go into the explanation, but you can find one here.

Point Lobos is short for the Spanish Punta de los Lobos Marinos, which means “point of the sea wolves.” Sea Lions make these waters and rocks home from August to June. You can also find harbor seals and otters here, even a sea elephant or two, even though most of them lumber along the beaches of Ano Nuevo State Beach to the north.

Point Lobos was once home to whalers and abalone fishermen, many of them Japanese, who stayed underwater for hours in suits right out of Jules Verne novels.

What I have come here for, several times, is the scenery, which I think is some of the most stunning on the California coast.

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