We lucked out with the weather. It was about 70 for the highs most of our pre meetings trip. Also had a lot of sunshine. I forget the exact dates of this trip, but I believe it was around the end of January/beginning of Feb.
It was a rather interesting trip from the start! We flew into Oakland. Having never been to that area of California before, I had no idea what to expect. But I didn't expect the manager at the hotel we spent the first night in to have us sign papers saying we wouldn't have "visitors" in the night! We signed and spent the night, then cancelled our reservations for the last night there before Carolyn was to fly home. Can't say I was too impressed with Oakland!
Next day we were off. We had decided we would head south along the coast and check out the scenery. Here CArolyn is by our hot rental truck. It happened to be the cheapest thing I could find. I picked the bright yellow to tease her about her recently ended job as a school bus driver.
Another sight we just came upon by chance was this beach at the southern end of Big Sur where elephant seals come to give birth and breed during Jan./FEb. We were lucky to be here at that time. They are amazing creatures!
Elephant seals form harems, in which the dominant, or alpha, male is surrounded by a group of females. Here one of the dominant males was chasing some of the other males away.
The pups are usually born within 4-5 days of the female's arrival, and weigh between 60-80 pounds. They nurse for 24-28 days. Mating occurs during the last 3-5 days of nursing. After about 100 days the females head back to the ocean.
There were Rangers there making sure everyone stayed back, but they were very close.