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Enjoying Winter at Point Lobos

Due to our Mediterranean climate, Point Lobos can still be enjoyed on most days during the winter, and there is a lot to see.  Some cautions are in order if you are planning to come from far away.  

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.

Longest, greatest whale show we have ever seen

The humpback whales have been crazy for over a week.  They have been spotted close to the shore every day from several places in the Reserve and nearby Carmel River State Beach.  And they have been doing all the things that we homo sapiens love to watch -- blowing spouts close enough to hear from shore, showing tail flukes, breaching, tail slapping, lunge feeding, and one visitor even reported seeing -- and even hearing -- bubble netting.

New Lace Lichen Trail is OPEN!

Nature put on a dazzling display of great weather for the "un-grand" opening of the Lace Lichen Trail, which now gives visitors a complete, wheelchair and stroller accessible, off-road path from the entrance to Sea Lion Point..  I walked it from the docent center area all the way out to the Sea Lion Point parking lot.  The sunlight dappling through the trees gave it a grand look despite the low-key opening.  It's beautiful!  

New Lace Lichen Trail is OPEN!

Nature put on a dazzling display of great weather for the "un-grand" opening of the Lace Lichen Trail, which now gives visitors a complete, wheelchair and stroller accessible, off-road path from the entrance to Sea Lion Point..  I walked it from the docent center area all the way out to the Sea Lion Point parking lot.  The sunlight dappling through the trees gave it a grand look despite the low-key opening.  It's beautiful!  

Docent gets schooled, and thoroughly enjoys it.

Every once in a while a docent has an experience that makes him even happier to be a docent.  Friday the 13th of March was just one of those days.  My monthly walk group included a charming young woman (3rd or 4th grader, with her parents) who blurted out "a rock!" as we approached the large granodiorite boulder in the Cypress Grove trail above Headland Cove.  She was clearly impressed by this rock.

Startling change in sea lion behavior

Fred Brown posted this observation on the docent website on January 24: