If you have visited Alcatraz, the island penitentiary about a mile off the coast of San Francisco, you might have heard a tour guide talk about how painful it was for the inmates to see and hear the sounds of San Francisco just out of reach.  When I last toured Alcatraz, I experienced what the guard […]

As we continued our drive north along the Pacific Coast, we neared Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  It was the most magical place with the Pacific Ocean on our left and views of Montana to the right.  Unfortunately, we were on a schedule and couldn’t spend the time I would have loved to take in […]

We encountered soooooo many harbor seals on our hike at Point Lobos.  Here are three of my favorites.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Harbor Seal Photo #1.  Catching a nap on a rock. Harbor Seal Photo #2.  “Smiling” for the camera. Harbor Seal Photo #3.  Ugh!  It’s the chick with […]

Another beautiful scene from Point Lobos near Carmel, California.   You Might Also Enjoy: Other Monterey Posts Other Ocean Posts

China Rock is one of many scenic stops along the 17 mile drive from Monterey to Carmel.  It is named for the Chinese fisherman who lived along this coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s, making their homes at the base of this big pile of rocks. For some reason, it reminds me a bit […]