We have never been very good about exploring around where we live and finding the fun activities to do as a family. So often the activities we would think of involve a large cost for a family. Especially now as we are trying to get out of debt again and trying to keep our costs down activities that cost money are just not something we want to do right now. Thankfully, there are TONS of things to do in California that cost no money! So we have been actively exploring the areas around us and I’m going to start sharing some of those things we’ve done.
Over spring break we headed up north to visit my in-laws and check out some of the awesome attractions that California has to offer. This time we headed to Point Piedras Blancas. My mother in law picked this sight because this time of year is when the elephant seals inhabit a portion of the coast near San Simeon. You can learn more here.
My kids loved walking along the path and seeing all the elephant seals. Some of the seals were very close to the path since they seemed to stick where it was cooler. As the day heated up they moved out closer to the water. So get there early if you can.
They were very noisy and reminded me of the alien speak in Galaxy Quest (anyone know what I’m talking about). We were all laughing at the way the seals moved and interacted. Plus the coastline is just beautiful and we enjoyed just walking around.
My son has been obsessed with the show Octonauts lately and we had just watched an episode about an elephant seal. He was over the moon to get to see them in real life.
Along the path are informational plaques that were very interesting and there were also docents at the head of the path who were available to answer any questions.
This was a fun little day trip with the family, made even better by the absolutely gorgeous weather we had. The drive is breathtaking as you drive along coastline that is fairly untouched. None of the crowds of Southern California and so green! I was too busy enjoying the scenes to take pictures but maybe I’ll remember next time.