Route One Excursions, Cont.

Trip Start Jul 08, 2009
Trip End Jul 18, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Friday, July 10, 2009

After Hearst Castle, we were...
On the road again, with several stops looking for surfers.  In many places along the road there are little dirt areas for cars and well-worn paths down to the beaches.  At one place we stopped, we found sail surfers.  A dog owned by one of them, stuck on shore, kept running from the waves to visit us and back to the waves.  I love making animal friends in new places =)

As we were driving along, we spied through the rocks a couple of elephant seals rearing up in the water.  We noticed a more populated car park and joined in to see the fuss.  Expecting a few elephant seals, we found hundreds.  They were fat and adorable, and seemed either dead asleep or aggressive.  Some seals were in the mix too, scootching around the blubbery masses.  Down the beach, one seal was surrounded by birds and would periodically lunge at them and scare them away.  From my photos, it looks like they were all completely asleep and still, but really there was a lot of rolling over and tossing sand over bodies and moving to a comfier sand pile.  I took way too many photos (but only put up my favorites so no one hates me!).  We all loved them and didn't want to leave.  But our itinerary was not to sleep with the elephant seals for a night, so off we went.


The road got a bit crazier, a bit curvier, a bit scarier.  There are plenty of places to stop along the cliffs and we stopped at a more popular one.  After parking, we found there was a bit of a hill before it flattened out to where people were taking photos.  But the cliff was right there and I was in flip flops and nearly tripped slipping down the hill.  I literally thought my heart was going to jump out of my throat, and I got a scolding from Mom for being an idiot.  Even with the scare, I soon got over it, and couldn't resist going right up to the edge and taking a photo over it.  I got some great photos =D


After this stop the road got absolutely terrifying, so of course I took photos.  The speed limits seem really high.  On a normal highway they would be fine, even too low, but here, where the road randomly turns and you can't see more than a few feet down the road (sometimes it looks like you're going off the cliff before the road suddenly swerves around a rock) it seems deadly.  Dad drives under the speed limit, and even then it feels too fast.  Several times he had to pull over to let by an annoyed local driving the actual speed.


We made a few more roadside stops to take photos and admire the view, at one point spotting a bridge that Mom was sure she and her friends had hiked to a beach underneath years ago.

In all of these stops, each of which had it's own unique and incredible view, I just couldn't capture the feeling of it with my camera.  I couldn't get enough of the landscape in my tiny frame to do it justice!  But the idea of being at the very edge of the United States, and looking left and right to look along the edge of the country, is exhilarating.

It looks like I need to break up this day into more than just two posts...July 10th is continued in the next entry!



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