October 8 – Visit to Point Lobos State Park
Martha got us up early so we could leave at 8 AM for the state park just south of Carmel and get ahead of the crowds.
At Point Lobos State Park, there were level paths out to the cliffs of the coast line where we could view sea lions sunning themselves on a near rocky island and watch and hear the 10’ waves as they hit the rocks and beaches. I did not have my telephoto lens/camera along so the photos of the sea lions taken with my wide angle lens are not sharp. We also viewed hundreds of pelicans and, from a distance, could see Pebble Beach Golf Course in Carmel along the coastline.
The docent said that it was a perfect day with high surf and clear skies and we could view Big Sur at its best. It lived up to my expectations.
On the way back to the campground, we stopped at an area that had a long, windy path out to the cliffs that offered great views of the large waves crashing against the rocks. You may get tired of viewing the multiple videos of the waves. : )
We stopped for lunch at a nice restaurant along Rt. 1. I enjoyed a combination plate of roasted veggies and Quinoa over a Portobello mushroom with goat cheese . Yumm. Kathleen enjoyed a salad with apple slices, candied walnuts and blue cheese.
Tomorrow, we head east toward Yosemite National Park. We will camp one night at the Midpines KOA near the park so that we can take a practice drive up Route 140 in the car along the Merced River to verify that the route is acceptable to enter the park with our motor home. I have ‘driven’ it on Google Streets without problems and met a large tour bus descending so the risk is low but I am not the only one making the drive. : )
We have a reservation for a campsite in Yosemite’s Upper Pines Campground for 4 nights starting Oct. 10; we will stay for 3. We will be dry camping so we will fill our fresh water tank and empty our gray and black tanks at the KOA. Our propane tank was filled at Petaluma. Our batteries are at 100%.
The low temperatures at Yosemite are projected to be in the low 30’s so we will be using our propane tank to keep us toasty warm at night.
We plan to descend from Yosemite on Oct. 13 to camp at a KOA to touch civilization and get caught up on the news, dump tanks, recharge our propane, send our journal entries and to reduce the driving time to our next campsite near Sequoia National Park.
So, you will not hear from us for several days.