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Published: April 10th 2009
On this Saturday I made the drive up highway 1 from the Muir Woods area through Stinson Beach on the way up to Point Reyes
to see what I could of the Gray Whale migration. It was a great weather day, lots of sun, wind was mild, visibility was great (you could see the Farallon islands quite clearly), and thus kind of a fun day to stare into the Pacific.
That day there were some 88 individual Gray Whales spotted heading North, but only a handful of them came close to the lighthouse while I was there. Of course, the majority of them were females with a calf, and thus they weren't breaching or anything nearly that exciting. I saw a lot of spouts when they surfaced to breath, but that wasn't worth hanging around for. Once I got up a little higher from the Lighthouse, I saw the backs of a few of them as they surfaced to breath.
The natural beauty of the area though is really cool. Point Reyes
, Carmel, Point Lobos
, and Lands End
are all in my list of favorites for unmatched natural beauty along the West coast. Hopefully some of these pictures will give you a feel
This is the area where you must park during the Gray Whale migration, and they bus you over to the lighthouse area or to Chimney Rock (the leftmost piece of land in the distance) for $5 roundtrip.
for how beautiful an area it is.
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