Enjoying Fall at Point Lobos

  Fall often brings the best weather to Point Lobos, but this year summer is giving it a run for its money.  There are undoubtedly beautiful days ahead, and the promise of rain from El Nino to help green up our parched forests and brush lands.  We have already had a little teaser rain, and are looking forward to more.  And since the summer crowds have dissipated, the Reserve offers blessed opportunities to commune with nature in relative solitude – particularly during the week.

As winter approaches we have already seen the beginning of one of nature’s greatest spectacles – waves crashing against our rugged shore.  While it is exciting to watch, please do that from a safe distance.  Never underestimate the power and the unpredictability of the ocean.

If previous years are any indication, the humpback whales should be with us for several more weeks.  The plentiful anchovies in Monterey Bay enticed them away during after a great three weeks in August, but we are looking for another show before they return to their breeding grounds.

Fall also marks the return of school children coming with their classes to experience docent-led walks.  The school outreach program brings dozens of happy-faced fourth-grade students, many of them to see Point Lobos for the first time – and for some seeing and touching the ocean for the first time. Teachers in the less-well-endowed school districts of the Salinas Valley can schedule trips with their bus transportation paid through the generosity of the Point Lobos Foundation.  Docents leading these walks also sport happy faces, because the children really demonstrate their appreciation.