A must see when visiting the Monterey area in California and this picture was taken on the trail at Whaler’s Cove. You can hike the rim and marvel at the rugged shoreline that has been carved over time by wind, water and storms. The trail was dotted with various wildflowers native to the area, along with beaches and natural breeding areas for harbor seals. Stretched out, I watched them sunning in the warm sand and charge their thick flubber with heat. Being warm blooded creatures just like us the flubber serves as protection to keep warm and most of their body heat is lost through their flippers and hands.
Point Lobos is one of the few State Parks I know that actually closes around 5PM. I never realized this until we returned from our hike. Of course we had stayed past that time and found a locked gate at the entrance. Luckily there was a little side gate that is shorter and that we had to scale to climb up and over it. I had a little brush with poison oak while doing so, not immediately identifying the plant and being more concerned of making it out of the park and over the gate before somebody would come and scold us. I felt as if I had done something illegal and I was in a hurry to get out of there haha. People were still trying to come in and it was those people that pointed out the poison oak to me. Luckily nothing ever happened as a consequence and I was fine.