Tuesday 6 May
Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
163Trip End Oct 27, 2008
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We continued along this spectacular coast line for miles until even we were looking forward to coming off it. Steve was getting tired as we were having to go slowly around the winding hillsides and tight turns and stopping every so often to take another even more fantastic photo than the last one! We also were, at times un-nervingly close to shear drops of hundreds of feet down to the Pacific below!
As we were driving along at sea level I saw what looked like a whole load of dead sea lions all along a beach. We stopped at an official "vista Point" only to discover that they were not dead, and they were actually elephant seals, lying along the beach with their juvenile off-spring, malting. Check out the photos!
They were at one time so heavily hunted that they almost became extinct but around 1990 they started to return to this beach, twice a year for 6 weeks at a time. The males go off to Hawaii (over 2500 miles away) during this time (lucky old them) and the females get to look after the babies and malt!
There were 3 beaches completely covered in them!
We continued to a place called Lompoc which is really in the middle of nowhere and ended up in a tiny state park where Steve decided we would try to stay the night. He and Holly went to the local ranger's residence and asked if he would mind if we stayed in the park by the toilets and he was very happy to let us. He even offered to let us park up near the fire pit and have some of his firewood! This is not a camp site, only a day parking area with some grassy areas and a few trees. It was very quiet and safe and the kids had plenty of places to go on their bikes. We were very lucky to be able to do this and we were very thankful to the park ranger. We were quite tired and ready to sleep.