After a busy week spent preparing for our big move, we rewarded ourselves on Sunday with a trip to the coast. The beautiful Bean Hollow State Beach coastal trail beckoned, ablaze with blooming native wildflowers. Thank goodness for the recent rain showers!
All along our walk, we saw large groups of Pacific harbor seals hauled out and resting on the rocks, including several newborn pups with their mothers. While on land, harbor seals are very wary of people. If startled or approached too closely, they’ll rush into the water (tragically, this is how young pups become separated from their mothers). Visitors should always keep a safe distance (300 feet), move slowly and talk in hushed tones. Remember to carry binoculars for a close-up view.
A trip to the coast just isn’t complete without a visit to Swanton Berry Farm (just north of Davenport, California) where we picked delicious organically grown strawberries and feasted on their homemade Tayberry shortcake – the perfect ending to the perfect day!