Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California

The state of California has been abused, sub-divided, dewatered, and paved over to create a parking lot. The "old California" is long gone over many parts of the state, particularly along the coast. However, there is one part of the California coast that is still part of the past.

That is, Pt, Reyes National Seashore. Purchased by the Federal Government in 1962 forward it is California as it was before the mass migration for gold, jobs in the depression and illegal and legal immigration in the last two decades.

It is preserved for future generations, but go in winter. The crowds are gone. The National Park Service rules and regulations are in low gear.

I first found Pt. Reyes in the early 1970's while attending school at the University of California at Berkeley. It was empty of people, but full of natural splendor.

Pt. Reyes was first visited by Sir Francis Drake in 1579 when he beached his ship the Golden Hinde for repairs. He and the crew remarked on the white cliffs. Just like the white cliffs of Dover, England.

On my first visit to Dover, England I can say that the cliffs of Dover look just like the cliffs of Pt. Reyes and Drakes Beach!!

But while Sir Francis Drake spent only a month here during the fog season. You can visit in winter, with sunny or partly cloudy skies between storms.

Some of Pt. Reyes residents take up a lot of room. They are also very vocal about expressing their opinions. Spend some time above Elephant Cove and listen to the sounds. Take a closer look at the beach below. Those rocks are elephant seals. They have covered the entire beach.
For those that follow the Camas Meadows blog the elephant seals have a lot in common with the Rocky Mountain Elk. Yes, you can watch the dominant males chase off the young males off the beach. Seals or elk it appears the rules are the same.

This large male appears to have only a small harem compared to the males up beach.

Elephant cove at Pt. Reyes National Seashore. It is what was the best of California. You can still experience it here.
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