As I’ve mentioned, I love it when friends or family come to town and give me the opportunity to play tourist. I shared my recent visit to Alcatraz and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, both of which I’ve been to in the past, but this time I’m sharing my very first visit to Point Lobos Reserve.
At the recommendation of a friend, we drove south and ended up driving through the Point Lobos State Reserve. It was pretty crowded, but we got lucky and were able to find parking at a couple of places throughout the reserve, including the Bird Island Trail and Weston Beach. As you can see, the view was pretty terrible.
Obviously I’m lying; it was literally breathtaking.
And the coolest thing was that at our last stop, Sand Hill Trail, where fellow hikers pointed out there were whales EVERYWHERE out beyond Sea Lion Cove and Sand Hill Cove. Scroll down for some whale snaps!
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We seriously stood there and looked for the whales for probably 45 minutes. They were everywhere we look, more pods showing up the longer we watched. They just kept spouting, their backs breaking the surface, and we even saw a few tails. We saw them all with our bare eyes in almost every direction off the coast.
In the discussion with fellow trail walkers and our quick google research, we believe they were gray whales. It was definitely not an experience we had even considered having that day, but it was definitely the cherry on top of a really great weekend with some awesome company.
Have you been to Point Lobos Reserve in Carmel, CA? What was your favorite part?