Ano Nuevo State Park

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We left the Civilization for 2 days and it was a welcome break. We spent our 1st night in a US Hostel at Pigeon Point Light Station. We were quite pleased with it, as it is made of 3 or 4 little houses with a low number of rooms, lovely livingroom and an unbelievable view of the Ocean...  Our room was within one of the little houses you can see on the right hand side of the picture below.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
On Sunday we enjoyed a fantastic lunch in Half-Moon Bay, where they serve the best crab cakes and calamari ever! The soups were excellent too... ho and the Lemon tart is to die for! Yes, we were totally satiated at the end and we just wish we could have a wee nap!
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View from the Restaurant
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We saw this funny vessel on the Parking lot and it made us laugh: yes, the yellow car is attached to the immense camping car...
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The Higlight of our week-end: a fantasic tour of 2 hours to watch from a very close distance very funny looking animals: the Northern Elephants Sea Lions.
Our docent (the US version of guide) was excellent, informative and just enthousiastic enough. I can't stand guides that keep saying  "awesome" (the main adjective in American language apparently from what I hear all the times in bus & streets) and "so cool" every 10 secondes... and these were not part of her vocabulary!

DESCRIPTION: Elephant seals are well named because their large noses resemble an elephant's trunk. Males begin developing this enlarged nose, or proboscis, at sexual maturity (about three to five years), and it is fully developed after seven to nine years. Adult males may grow to over 13 feet (4 m) in length and weigh up to 4,500 pounds (2,000 kg). The females are much smaller at 10 feet (3 m) in length and 1,500 pounds (600 kg). The northern elephant seal is the second largest seal in the world, after the southern elephant seal.

RANGE/HABITAT: Northern elephant seals are found in the North Pacific, from Baja California, Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands. During the breeding season, they live on beaches on offshore islands and a few remote spots on the mainland. The rest of the year, except for molting (la mue) periods, the elephant seal lives well off shore (up to 5,000 miles, or 8,000 km), commonly descending to over 5,000 feet (1,524 m!!!) below the ocean's surface, able to hold its breath for up to 1 hour! Ana Nuevo State Park - 4 Ana Nuevo State Park - 8

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Sea lions have the ability to regulate their own body temperature. They can often be seen floating with one flipper out of the water. The reason for this is because the capillaries are close to the surface of the skin and can catch sunbeams to warm their body. To cool down, they put their flipper into the water then raise it back up into the air which cools them off during the evaporation process. This process is called thermoregulation.

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On our way back we stopped for a sandy pique-nique and a lovely walk on the Beach.
 Pescadero - 1Later, we visited the so-called Historical village of Pescadero where the local grocery seems to produce very fine food indeed.... (to be fair everything looked really nice but we were quite amazed by the name of this wine!)
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and finally a bit of Californian countryside. Worth noting: I saw a warning sign " This way up in case of a Tsunami"...while we were easily 10 km from the closest beach. Disconcerting at best...
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pierrette 07/03/2010 09:22

Profitez bien du soleil californien, ici il neige encore une fois. Je ne sais plus si c'est la 5ème ou la 6ème fois depuis mi-décembre ...

pierrette 07/03/2010 09:21

le panneau qui indiquait le chemin pour se protéger du tsunami n'était pas là où vous avez garé votre voiture ? Car nous pourrions supposer que les collines ou les dunes qui l'entourent sont
capables d'arrêter les grandes vagues.
Je suis sûre que vous avez suivi par Radio France les inondations catastrophiques qui ont touché la Charente Maritime et la Vendée le week-end dernier. Les municipalités sont accusées d'avoir
enfreint toutes les règles de prudence élémentaire, et même les interdits des autorités locales (préfets et sous-préfets) ... Les 53 morts sont à peine enterrés que "des têtes vont tomber". Mais
après tout, il est normal que les responsables qui succombent à la fortune facile payent à leur tour ! De Villiers propose que les constructeurs remboursent les gens qui ont acheté des villas
construites sur des terrains en dessous du niveau de la mer ! Et ce n'était pas tout à fait un tsunami ! A suivre.