2013 Point Lobos Foundation Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting on January 5, we were fortunate to have the new Director of California State Parks, Major General Anthony L. Jackson (USMC retired) as our featured speaker. Everyone - including representatives of our sister cooperating associations the Monterey Historic Parks Association, Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers, and Big Sur Natural History Association - was very impressed.

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventure!

Explore the wonders of Point Lobos at your own pace along easy access trails. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos, and more will be along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive! View the new experience on video here.

Upcoming Adventures:
Wed, September 4 | 11 am - 1 pm
Granite Point Trail
Sat, September 14 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Granite Point Trail

For future dates, click here.

Scribbles from the trails: Quite the dream

Just got back from the big island of Hawaii.  Wow.  Lava flowing to the sea.  Breeching Humpbacks.  Incredible snorkeling and scuba diving.  Kayaking to Captain Cook's monument.  Rain forests.  King Kamehameha. Missionaries. Kona coffee (oh yeah). Tidepooling. Green sand beaches (yep, green).  Sea arches.  Spectacular waterfalls.  Lots more.  A Chamber of  Commerce dream.

True confession: couldn't wait to get back to Monterey ... especially Point Lobos and "environs."

Scribbles from Weston Beach: an extreme tide range

OK, here's the thing: it's not the Bay of Fundy with its jawdropping 55 foot tide range. Granting that, Monterey's 8.2 range a few days ago on November 14th was still impressive. And especially so at Weston Beach ... with no need for the chilly journey to Nova Scotia. News flash: if you missed it, Santa will arrive early with our most extreme tidal range of the year. We'll have an 8.6 foot tidal swing on Thursday, December 13th.

Bird Island ADA Trail Experience

 The newly revamped Bird Island Trail is proving to be used by physically challenged visitors as an inspiration for following nature.  In the blog below is an account of one such venturesome group who took full advantage of the wonders the trail has to offer.   They have put into words what we had hoped to accomplish with this ADA compatible trail. (Images by RJM)  Click on Bird Island Trail to go   BIRD ISLAND TRAIL

The many faces of Point Lobos: Scribbles from North Shore Trail

Every day, human eyes take it all in and react. Poets to sullen teens, plein air painters to harried parents, wheel chair bound admirers to stopwatch vacationers. For some, the wonder is readily apparent. Others can hardly wait to get back to something else, usually electronic. Mostly, it's awe and respect and sheer joy.  Especially to discover those with a "link" to this special place: a great-great-great grandson of A. M.

Scribbles from Whalers Cove: the "not so good" ... and the really, really good

Litter - it's 2012! - and still all too common.  But at Point Lobos?  A State Natural Reserve?  Infrequently, but more than we'd like, Docents find themselves reminding visitors about the purpose of Point Lobos SNR: to protect its plantlife, wildlife, and natural beauty.  It's a Reserve, not a Park.  Big difference.  Which means no frisbees, kites, footballs, and such.  And no food or drink, other than in the picnic areas.  Certainly, no litter.  Broken beer bottles and other bits - all of it ugly and disappointing -  can be lifetaking for pelicans, otters, and their kind.  All too often, Docents find themselves cleaning up plastic, glass and other harmful bits that don't belong.  Not so good.
On the other hand ... thirty teenage exchange students from Osaka, Japan were incredibly respectful and appreciative of Point Lobos' reserve status.  Working with their limited English skills, they listened closely to a Museum overview by Ruthann Donahue, helped along by an intrepreter traveling with them.  Time in the Whaling Station and on the trails with Docent guides gave them an even deeper appreciation for the human history of Point Lobos, especially its Japanese legacy, and the natural wonders around them.  A nesting Great Blue Heron and a mother and pup otter were just a few of the other memories they will take away with them, hopefully for a lifetime.  Really, really good.
"Everybody needs beauty, as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."  John Muir


  After nearly two years of construction and renovation, our exceptional Bird Island Trail is open to the public once more.  The trail had become difficult to walk due to erosion and was originally built with many steps.  The California State Parks with the help of the California Conservation Corps rebuilt the trail to meet Americans With Disabilities (ADA) standards and is now easily navigated by all who visit the Reserve.

The workmanship is truly a marvel when you consider that the CCC trail crews were not using heavy machinery and relied upon hand tools, wheelbarrows, and their own strength to excavate over 12,000 cu ft of soil and 2,000 cu ft of rock.  With the help of Statewide Trails (DPR) and the Monterey District Trail crew, they used dry-stone masonry techniques to build a breathtaking overlook at Pelican Point and a redwood decked bridge to transverse the Gibson Beach cliffside.

A Tribute

Class 34, the newest trained group of Point Lobos Docents, just graduated from their five month course. You read that right.  People of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life volunteer for months of classes, mentoring, reading, shadowing other Docents, and getting to know Point Lobos more intimately, all so they can join 150 other volunteers who already interpret for visitors the wonders of Point Lobos.