The second hike was not as steep and followed a busy stream up to a waterfall cascading into a deep pool.
|This was my view|
This was Camille's view (and photo) after climbing over the rock mountainside.
My foot was doing pretty well on a nice flat trail with a few small boulders scattered here and there; climbing over massive boulders was not going to happen.
We continued south to San Simeon. Across the highway from Hearst Castle is a beach where elephant seals hang out. These guys are huge. The males weigh 5,000 lbs.
The seals rest on the beach to gather strength after their long journeys at sea.
They spend 90% of their time in the water, fishing, up the coast of California into Alaska. Their main predator is white sharks and many of the seals had scars from close encounters with the Great Whites.
The beach was full of sound; the bull seals bellowing and slamming into each other, chest to chest. The moms dozed; occasionally flipping warm sand over themselves while the youngsters slept nearby. Occasionally, one would flop itself into the surf.
We finished off the morning with lunch at Moonstone beach at a little place my mom loved. She used to love walking on the beach there and then having lunch at the cafe. It was a nice way to include her on our mother-daughter trip; even if it was only in spirit.