Año Nuevo State Reserve
January 26, 2006
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On Sunday, Aurora and I connected with our friends Nancy, Lydia, Jeanette, and John. It was a spectacular day full of the low winter sun in a clear, cloudless sky.
Nancy had organized a day to visit to Año Nuevo State Reserve to see the annual gathering of elephant seals. We got to the reserve at around 10:30 and arranged for tickets for the 12:15 walk with the docents. Before we left, Nancy treated us to a wonderful lunch with drinks provided by Jeanette and John.
At 12:15 we walked out to a staging area where we met up with our docent guide. Her name was Liz and she is a geologist by trade, but she’s been guiding elephant seal tours for about 10 years and knew her subjects well.
We were able to see elephant seals in various social strata, from the young lonely guys, to female harems and their pups, to the highly Territorial bulls who weigh in at up to 5000 pounds. We stood sometimes as close as 25 feet from the seals.
After the elephant seal tour we drove further down Highway 1 to a winery, Bonny Doon. We tasted a variety of the wines, mostly very sweet, which is not my style, but it was fun anyway.
We drove home at sunset time and the countryside was beautiful.