Larry & I had an amazing day. The weather was magnificent, traffic was light, the road was flatter and straighter, and we had some fun wildlife sightings.
After Mile 1, Ragged Point was our final ‘oasis’ on the Big Sur Coast. We met a nice couple from Ohio, who took a picture of us with the coast in the background, then we passed the Welcome to Big Sur sign (in the opposite direction, of course) and worked our way downhill to the beaches.
I even got Larry to take the fanny pack off for this picture, haha!
Fun stuff today – we passed through a massive construction area where they are bypassing the current highway in an area that frequently has issues with high surf. There is one soaked, pitted, short stretch of road that I’ve had to drive through day after day en route to my starting point. Today we just missed a dousing in the car – almost as much fun as the splash zone at Roaring Rapids! We had to walk through it later, but it was after high tide so the thrill was gone… 😀
But the coolest thing was seeing elephant seals up close – REALLY close. There’s an area near an abandoned motel where there are hundreds of them – and NO PARKING signs for at least a quarter mile in either direction. There’s an official seal viewing area a few miles south, but the awesome thing about this area is that the big bull seals spar with each other in a shallow pool of seawater just a few yards from the road. The females and pups were lounging on the beach just beyond. They’re pretty serious about the No Parking – so being on foot gave us an opportunity to see them much closer than most people can get.
We also saw a large herd of elk and 3 coyotes – but we had to use binoculars to get a good look at them.
I also have a praise report! I’m so grateful that the Lord provided a host family in an area we had been praying about (and had almost given up on)!
Tomorrow will be Larry’s last day of walking with me. *sniff* I’ll deliver him over to Amtrak in San Luis Obispo for a 6:55 a.m. train back home.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13