“Nature holds the key to our atheistic, intellectual , cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction “- E.O Wilson
Nature lovers as you may call 🙂 I have always loved to be around nature. It makes me happy, excited, energetic and gives me immense peace. There is nothing more beautiful than the beauty of nature, its god’s best creation. And as rightly as John Muir said “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” And I have found the exact place “Point Lobos”. I have been to this place many times and every time I visit this place it gives me a completely different feeling. The trail takes 3 hours to complete and it’s mind blowing, they provide you with a map and you can pick and choose the trails you are interested in or do the whole thing. I usually do the whole trail.
On the central coast of California in Monterey County. The entrance is located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. “Point Lobos “name is derived from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the reserve has often been called “the crown jewel of the State Park System.”
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for photography, painting, scuba diving, nature study, sightseeing, jogging, whale watching are some of things you can do there. I personally have seen some whales, its rare and it takes time but its definitely worth it 🙂 Every aspect of its resources have some scientific effect, some rare plants, communities, endangered archaeological sites, incredibly rich in flora and fauna and unique geological formations.
There is also a very quaint museum amidst the beauty of point lobos where they explain the history of Point lobos, equipments and cutleries that were used during the 1860’s being displayed in the museum.
Portuguese whalers from the Azore Islands arrived at Point Lobos in 1861 and set up living quarters in the meadow at the southeast end of Whalers Cove. Comprising one of 16 shore whaling stations established on the west coast of California, the whalers and their families made up a small community of 50-60 people. Around 15-20 men were part of a crew that hunted Gray whales that migrate along the California coast between mid-December and May. With the advent of kerosene lamps in the late 1880’s, demand for whale oil slacked off and the local whaling industry fell on hard times.
The Whaling Station Museum at Whalers Cove is the only on-site whaling museum on the west coast. It documents the historic whaling activities at Point Lobos with displays of historic whaling equipment and exhibit panels describing the lives of the whalers and their families. Next to the museum, you can see two of the old try pots used to boil whale blubber and view parts of a Fin whale skeleton that are over 100 years old.
As you walk along the Reserve’s trails, chances are good that you will find fragments of iridescent abalone shell scattered about. The rocky shores of Point Lobos provide a perfect habitat for this muscular mollusk. Abalone meat has long been considered a delicacy in many cultures and its shell prized for use as mother-of-pearl furniture inlay and the manufacture of jewelry and buttons. While the Ohlone gathered abalone at Point Lobos, it was not until the Chinese arrived in the early 1850’s that it was harvested commercially.
Word quickly spread about the abundant abalone beds and before long several hundred Chinese were engaged in the local abalone harvesting business. They also understood the rich potential of the sea and diversified their catch to include squid, sea urchins and a variety of fish.
Early 1890, a series of events began which would eventually lead to the establishment of today’s state reserve. Meanwhile, interest in preserving Point Lobos as a national or state park was gaining momentum. As scientists and foresters studied the Monterey Cypress trees growing at Point Lobos and at Cypress Point on the north side of Carmel Bay, they realized these trees do not grow naturally anywhere else in the world. Now its a place where people trek, have picnics and many other things.
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”- Vincent van Gogh
Point Lobos is worth the visit 🙂 I hope you guys like this read.