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Hoping to see whales at Point Reyes, CA

B4B545ABB085AA3A70982E21B2D52A51.jpg Recently I found out about the whale migration along the west coast, with Point Reyes being the perfect place to watch these gentle giants.
The migration usually takes place mid December and continues throughout the Spring. With Christmas just a few days away, we thought it would be a great opportunity to drive all the way out to Point Reyes. B4B5C415F5EBF7888280C936637D7D6F.jpg 20181222_145101.jpg
One super cool fact is, that once you cross over the San Andreas, you leave behind the North American plate and enter onto the Pacific plate. The landscape looks different, very lush with juicy green hills and tons of cattle farms. Wildlife is abundant here, you might just have to wait for a herd of cows to cross the road. 20181222_140839.jpg
Our first stop was at South beach, where Tony and Landon spotted a seal in the surf. We tried to get closer to get a better look but it disappeared. 20181222_140434.jpg 20181222_140400.jpg
After a while we were eager to make it to the absolute point of the island in hopes of seeing a whale. We poured ourselves a cup of coffee and waited. No whales today.
But we did see some obnoxious elephant seals on Chimney Rock. That beach was covered with them. 20181222_152857.jpg 20181222_153523.jpg
We were quite amused with their behavior, the sounds coming from the beach were like a bunch of clogged drains getting flushed. Most of them layed like oversized slugs in the sand, while the ones awake were fighting and running each other off the beach, chasing one another in the water. Landon really got a kick out of that.
We drove back to South beach hoping to catch a sunset. I almost decided against it, because it had been overcast for the majority of our visit. 90_CBD1CF15BB72151EC37E1439E97971CB.jpg 20181222_162715.jpg
Miraculously a sliver of sky opened up and this is what we saw. It was so breathtakingly beautiful, no editing was necessary. CBD0DAAFF7FCF6A6B38C3CC8F5C867D1.jpg CBD06B32CF4E9F44EA139812B3E4B45E.jpg 20181222_165333.jpg
Thank you Point Reyes for making this day so memorable !

Posted by Meike Carter 00:58

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