“Road Trippin……”

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“with my favorite ally” up the central California coast. Lyrics: Anythony Kiedis
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We are taking a short 4 day road trip to check out some of the few places where Northern elephant seals mate, fight and give birth in the US, on the central California coast about a 7 hour drive from The Holler.
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On the way we stopped for the night in Ojai at a Hacienda Hotel built in the 1920’s.
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It is a Wallace Neff paradise for people who enjoy Hacienda architecture.
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The Christmas ligths make for an especially lovely scene.
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We are now in Cambria California, on the southern edge of Big Sur.
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Today we are searching elephant seals.
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Gray whales are also migrating and sea otter live here.
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Cheers to you during our elephant seal expedition in California’s Big Sur~

154 thoughts on ““Road Trippin……”

  1. Absolutely stunning scenery Cindy. I knew you would be back on the road sooner rather than later. I look forward to seeing those big boys through your lens. Take care they can be aggressive. I’ve seen them on tv….

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  2. Cindy – How we would have loved to have had you and your traveling companions as our house guest when you explored the Central Coast of California. We were a stone’s throw [well, make that a couple of stones] away from where you were shooting. I’ve always called that area God’s country and still refer to it as home. Never has another place on earth touch my heart and soul the way the Central Coast did and continues to do so. Of the 12 countries I’ve had the privilege to live in and an additional 20 or so I’ve visited, the Central Coast still holds the top place in my heart.
    I’ve been meaning to ask and keep forgetting, have you photographed The Blue Grotto yet?

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    • Yes, I agree with all your sentiments. We were so close to moving to Cambria. Had a house selected. We were there for two nights on this trip and it was bitter-sweet as I am sure your memories are. It is so good to visit. I haven’t even visited the Blue Grotto. Can you believe it? I need too….so many places yet to explore! Hugs to you my dear one~ ❤

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      • I was heartbroken when we heard the Blue Grotto was destroyed in a terrible earth quake not long after we were there the last time – but everything seems to be operating normally. Your photography would be out of this world. Please, please – you must go. Well, maybe not must but it is one of the places I believe you would find truly awesome. I visited there many times before I met Tom because I was working not far from there [I didn’t want to leave when my assignment was finished]. I was always hoping the government would do something truly stupid so I could go back! I went back twice on my own and then Tom fell in love with the location and need I say more!

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      • I trust your suggestion entirely, besides I’m already planning to go back, I am always planning to go back to Big Sur. Blue Grotto is #1 on my list. Merry Christmas to you and Tom! ❤ ❤

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  3. All work and no play makes for ignorance… I have grown out of touch with our own coastline – primarily because it has been all work. Learned a lot from this series, albeit working backwards! lol

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