The Northern Elephant Seal, king of the California Coast. Every fall tens of thousands of Elephant Seals migrate to the California Coast for mating season.
The Seals tend to settle down in two distinct areas, Hearst-San Simeon State Park and Año Nuevo State Park. A winter drive of the Pacific Coast Highway will most certainly reward you with more than the typical coastal views and stops in wine country.
Over the past month or more, dominant bull males have returned and displaced the younger sub males. After weeks on the beach, positioning and practicing their battling techniques, the sub males see the bull roll into town and quickly find their place. With mature bull males growing to exceed 5,000 lbs, the young sub males realize they are out matched and move on to let the bulls fight it out for supremacy of the beach and their harem of women.
Below is a timeline of the mating season, provided by the California Department of Parks and Recreation:
- November: Sub adult males haul out on the beach. Mature males begin arriving at the end of the month.
- December: Bulls continue to return. Females arrive. The first birth is usually mid-month.
- January: Females continue to arrive. Peak of births is usually the last half of the month.
- February: Births continue. The peak of the mating is around Valentine’s Day. More females begin leaving.
- March: Last adults leave. Weaned pups teach themselves how to swim.
Couples that surf together stay together, that’s what we heard from a lovely couple we met in the car park the other day as they got suited for a fresh winter surf together. We are so lucky to have such a lovely beach right on our doorstep that offers so much to so many local people. We also love to see so many of you taking good care of it, picking up rubbish and cleaning plastic. We will be launching some beach cleans this year watch this pace for dates.
**YOU’RE GONNA LAUGH AT THIS ONE!! 😆
This is the view from the Hang Mua viewpoint 5km north of the scenic Vietnamese town of Tam Coc, near the larger (and far less interesting) town of Ninh Binh.
The aim of the game is to get to the higher of the 2 pagodas where you’ll get this incredible view over the first pagoda and the valley💕Easier said than done if you’ve fallen off a scooter just a few days ago😆
It’s about 500 steps to get all the way to the top but let me tell ya if you can’t bend your knees, this baby hike can either bring you to tears from frustration or in my case laugh your lungs out 😂
I just can’t tell you how ridiculous I looked desperately trying to move one leg after the other, slowly but surely making my way to the top 😁People were stopping offering to help (how exactly, I’m not quite sure 🙈😆), some were turning around, others were pointing at me and giggling (can’t blame them haha), a big bunch were probably thinking that I’ve completely lost it all covered up in bandages, barely able to walk yet hiking up hundreds of bloody steps just to get a view hahaha But I couldn’t care less 😅I wasn’t in much pain so none of the awkwardness could make me turn around haha
And after a bit (I mean a lot) of limping, stopping and laughing and chatting to all the curious people who dared to ask “what happened”, I eventually got to the top and I’d be lying if I say that it wasn’t worth it! Because it totally was! Even though the sunset was a letdown, the adventure paid off! Now, let’s not talk about the way down🤭😃
Do you have a similarly crazy, ridiculous yet super fun travel story? Please share! Let’s have a laugh 😂
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