Category: Hikes


Saturday April 20th, 2013

I hope you are all having a beautiful Saturday today! Then again every day is a beautiful day. Today’s little get out and about hike is located at the Año Nuevo State Park, a few miles north of Santa Cruz. This park follows the coast and it is filled with elephant seals!!!

Call it luck or whatever, this second hike was freaking beautiful as well! The day was not only clear and blue, but it was also very warm by the end. At first I was very worried that it might actually be a sucky day. The weather forecast had called for some rain and as we drove towards Santa Cruz it seemed our day was going to be covered by grey skies. Yet, as we approached, the clouds began moving into the mountains and the coast cleared up. By the time our hike was over it was blue all over and it was super warm! I could have not ask for a better day to see some awesome elephant seals.

Año Nuevo Point is where a rookery of elephant seals gather, from December to March, to do their annual social thing. Moms come and have their babies, stay with them for four weeks, then go mate, and head back to the ocean. The male elephant seals are not as friendly during this time since it is mating season and are battling with other males for good spots. The weaners (baby elephant seals) hang around the beach, after being with their moms for 4 weeks, and learn how to swim before heading out into the ocean.

You can actually see elephant seals year round since they travel on their own and come upon the beach at their own time. After 3-4 months (after the mating season) they come back to molt their skin. At that time the males are a lot friendlier with each other.

It was so awesome seeing these animals! I mean I will give it to you that they are just laying there sunbathing, but they are amazing nonetheless. It was so cool seeing the babies practicing their swimming skills by ocean. Only going in a few feet in and swimming side to side. Did you know they are born without knowing how to swim?! This actually results in a few of them dying because they drown. I was sadden to learn that 😦 .

There is also an island at Año Nuevo Point in which the people that guarded the lighthouse lived on. They built a fence around their house in order to keep the seals outside of it. I thought that was funny. Now it is taken over by seals and they have made it their home.

Anywhoos…hope you like the pics. I was using my phone and its not a great picture taker. I have some in my camera, but missing the cord to connect it to my computer :/ . I tell ya. Lol

Have a great weekend.

xoxo,

Bianca

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These details are from the Moon Book: 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Name: Año Nuevo Point Trail
Level: Easy
Distance: 3.0 miles
Time: 2.5 hours
Elevation: Negligible

“Summary: A trip to Año Nuevo in the winter months provides a show you’ll never forget” -Ann Marie Brown (Author)

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P.S. I was playing with the Create Gallery option from wordpress so forgive me for the variety. I just wanted to see how it all worked out. I like the slideshow option one. The small pictures if you click on them it will take you to see them in a slideshow and bigger. 😀

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Saturday April 13th, 2013

Good Morning Dollies,

The light at the end of the tunnel.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

About a year ago I bought Moon Book’s: 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area. My first attempt at hiking a trail from the book resulted in me being super cold and being told I shouldn’t be hiking alone. After that I kinda didn’t touch the book until about a year later. Once I realized the weather was just too beautiful to take for granted I decided I would not just collect hiking books. I would use them! So I have began my hiking journey. Hope you enjoy the pics and words behind them. Also perhaps it will get you to explore your own area and discover what beauties hide behind the concrete walls.

Map from book

Map from book

Seagulls chilling in the Pescadero Marsh

Seagulls chilling in the Pescadero Marsh

My strategy with the hikes is to complete all the trails labeled easy by the author, then move up from there. To kick things off, I headed off to a marsh that boarded the coast of California. Do I need to say more!

Let me just say that the day was beyond beautiful. I could have not ask for a better day to start my exploration of trails in the bay area. The skies were blue, with very little white clouds, and the sun was shining brighter than ever. IT WAS MAGNIFICENT. The trail heads off from the beach and as we walked farther away from it, and into the marsh, I just knew we would be back to just chill and admire that beauty as well.

The Pescadero Creek running through.

The Pescadero Creek running through.

The Sequoia Audubon Trail heads into the Pescadero Marsh in which the Pescadero Creek runs through. At the entrance of the hike driftwood litters the beach next to the beginning of the creek. It is a great place for a day out on the beach or perhaps even a bonfire. Not sure they are legal there, but there was evidence of some that have happened in the past.

Right through here please

A bath tub ... yes an orange bath tub,

A bath tub … yes an orange bath tub,

As I walked through the easy trail I was just overwhelmed by the uninterrupted sky. It seemed so endless and grand.

We walked on and passed little bridges, fallen trees, and trees who have grown in all directions without the restriction of buildings.

Are you there Mr. Sun?

Are you there Mr. Sun?

Beauty

Beauty

The trail ends where the flatten part of the marsh clashes with the forest of very tall, thin, trees. The hike was really easy and a great start for a beginner like me. It definitely triggered in me the desire to continue on exploring.

Clear blue skies

Clear blue skies

 

 

If you ever find yourself in California’s Bay area and somewhat near to Half Moon Bay then head out to this trail for a quick glance of the beauty that California stills holds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way back we decided to stop for a little at the beach and take some pictures. At the beach we saw a group of baby seagulls testing the ocean waters. They would walk toward the water and as the tide came in, would run back so as to not get drifted away with it. It was so cute to see!!!! A rock bridge was another great sight to see and picture perfect moment.

xoxo,

Bianca

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Details from 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area:

*Name: Sequoia Audubon Trail

*Level: Easy

*Distance: 2.4 miles

*Time: 1 hour

*Elevation: Negligible

*Summary: Wildlife abounds on this easy exploration of Pescadero Marsh, at the meeting place of Pescadero and Butano Creeks and the Pacific Ocean” -Ann Marie Brown (Author)

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Beach Pictures:

Waves crashing

Waves crashing

Little seagull chicks...so cute

Little seagull chicks…so cute

Standing proud.

Standing proud.

I try to stand as proud as well.

I try to stand as proud as well.

Baby chick footprints! awwww

Baby chick footprints! awwww

 

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