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Condor at Point Lobos -- a Miracle!

Well, it's official.  Condor 538 has landed!!!  Point Lobos now has photographic evidence of condors in the Reserve.  See the photos below.  Most of the visitors on the trail above were staring in wonder at the humpbacks, cormorants, sea otters and all the other "usual suspects".  Oh yeah, and a condor!!!

Great White Shark sighting

Ranger Dan forwarded a diver's Flicker postings of a dive to Marco's Pinnacle (just outside Bluefish Cove).  Check out this photo and this video.

Scribbles from Bird Island: A journey

An osprey now beacons, beside a worn path
A trail often traveled, not often seen
Swaying so slightly in the rustling breeze
A canvas lays empty
While the Painter unmoving
An eye deep inside

A pine forest whispers, its glories laid bare
A trail filled with sorrows, often unheard
Clear cut and hurting in the hard rushing rain

Scribbles from North Shore Trail: Billowy blustery secrets

Heard something the other day I don't recall hearing before.  The day was pretty windy along North Shore Trail and some hikers were finding it a little too cold and blustery for their tastes.  I did a double take ... negative "waves" along the crystal clear "environs" of Point Lobos?  Almost lost my hat with that move.  But it allowed me to  share a couple secrets another docent, Paul Reps, had just shared at Whalers Cove: the rough seas had led many of our ocean friends to the calm of the Cove, and big waves make for some awe inspiring moments.  All of which were on dramatic display barely a few yards away; without even using the scope Paul had to hand for even closer views!


Scribbles from above Whalers Cove: A great man passed by


There's a hole in my heart today
      Bigger than Big Dome
An ache that smolders, and wonders
      Why time travel can't be real
There's a longing in my heart now
      To encounter afresh
A life I can only admire from afar
      Having passed by my life too quickly


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.

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

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.