Photographs by Carol Moreno
But before the serious hiking began, an early morning drive up the Central Valley Coast brought its own delights!
According to the “Friends of the Elephant Seal” website, the Northern Elephant Seal is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5800 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. The Piedras Blancas Rookery is located on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast.
Be sure to check back for Part 3 of The Epic Mother-Daughter California Road Trip!