~ Highway One - Part Two ~

I got the idea to drive the Big Sur to Cambria portion of Highway One from Sierra Club. This drive is on their Most Scenic Drives list. And that it is as you will see from these photos.
The drive of 105 mmiles took slightly over six hours, but I'm never in a hurry. And as you will see, I stopped at nearly every opportunity. This stretch of Highway One is the second of two that I drove of Highway One. The first, from Stewarts Point to Muir Woods is here.

State Route 1, more often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along much of the Pacific coast of California. It is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, leading to its designation as an All-American Road.

I did not do any of those things

Big Sur

First view through the trees

In the other direction

Eroding cliffs


Breaking wave

The path to the beach

Morning, Girl and Ocean

Sand, Surf and Flowers

ThesE two bridges as well as several others were built by the Public Works Project during the Great Depression and kept many Californians employed during that time. The bridges also introduced vehicular travel to the Big Sur area.
The Bixby Creek bridge was retrofitted in 1996 as part of the Caltrans Phase II seismic retrofit program.

Tunnel arch

Highway One
The light seen in the arch is from the other side. The arch has tunneled all the way though the cliff.
On the right is an area where the road fell into the ocean on March 16, 2011. The road reopened on June 10, 2011. You can see where a part of the mountain was removed to allow for the new road. Also shown are buttresses (lower left of center) to help keep the new road out of the ocean.
See: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/03/16/1524359/highway-1-closed-through-big-sur.html

California Coast

I have no idea what these plants are. I don't recall ever seeing anything like this before. They are pretty.

Point Sur

Breaking waces and sand dunes, ocean stuff

The Point Sur Lightstation is both a California state park and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Point Sur Lightstation opened on August 1, 1889. This very remote station was required to be self-sufficient, as most supplies had to be brought in by ship. Lighthouse employees and their families had their own vegetable gardens. Easy access to the lightstation came in 1937, when Highway One through Big Sur was completed.
There were no tours available on Fridays, the day I was there. Sadly, California is closing many of its state parks, including historical sites.

The Point Sur light

The Point Sur Light Complex

Ten locks, if it's not Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday or Thursday, they do not want company. On the right are mountains above Point Sur.

Broken tree

Pacific cliff

I do not know what kind of bird this is, but it was very friendly.

Down the cliff

A guy on the cliff shouted to his wife, "There are orcas down here." Well, I had to see the orcas, which turned our to be these surfers on their boards. I had a quiet laugh after looking at the photos later.

Then I spotted this pelican skimming along the water. I really like these photos with the shadow below the bird.

Trip Highlight

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see a California Condor in the wild. They are very endangered.
Condor numbers dramatically declined in the 20th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction. Eventually, a conservation plan was put in place by the United States government that led to the capture of all 22 remaining wild condors in 1987. These surviving birds were bred at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoo. Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors have been reintroduced into the wild. The project is the most expensive species conservation project ever undertaken in the United States. The California Condor is one of the world's rarest bird species. As of April 2011, there are 394 condors known to be living, including 181 in the wild.
One of one hundred eight-one.



Rocky California Coast

Sea Lions

Unnamed bridge

One of many canyons along the Pacific Coast and Highway One

I saw these cormorants resting on this rock after a dive. It wasn't until I saw the full-sized photo on my computer that I spotted the Sea Otter floating in the water to their above right. He came out a bit fuzzy.

I'm not sure of the purpose of these seven boats leaning against the cliff, but there is a ladder next to them and ropes hanging down from the cliff. They do not look like anything I would take out on the ocean.
On the right is another area that appears to have fallen into the ocean some time ago. You can see two sections of retaining wall below the highway.

Rugged California coast of the Pacific Valley

Again I do not know what this stuff is, but I saw it several times along the drive. Perhaps a viewer can help in identification.

The "orcas" are swimming in it

Surf's up!

Above I promised sea lions and here they are.

And the surf and the Hearst mansion

Piedras Blancas (White Stones) Light Station

I caught this flight of pelicans just before reaching Cambria, California. The gull in the lower left corner seems to not care.

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