National Parks

Big Sur - Traveling California Route 1

Carmel Courtyard © Alice Joyce

Hello to all …

Returned yesterday from a fascinating trip to Monterey County ~ taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of Route 1 and the Big Sur coastline.

Carmel Courtyard © Alice Joyce

A room with a fireplace and ocean views in Carmel pretty well guarantees relaxation! It’s a quaint town. Easy to kick back and revel in great meals, once you’ve chosen from the countless restaurants in town and nearby.

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Wildflower Wonders

Mazama Ridge Mount Ranier: Photo Courtesy Bob Gibbons

Author, photographer, and distinguished naturalist Bob Gibbons takes readers along on just such awe-inspiring journeys, visiting sites of breathtaking beauty in his latest book published by Princeton University Press: The mountainous regions of Europe to coastal landscapes to African grasslands to the Northern Cape Province desert, Gibbons documents the magic of natural settings, taking in national parks to 4-wheel-drive-only accessible realms where wildflowers emerge in jaw-dropping pageantry.

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Morro Bay

Morro Rock -   Photo © Alice Joyce

The Morro Bay State Park is a relaxing spot to enjoy ocean vistas, people watching, and a bit of beachcombing, while the bay offers a commanding approach to Morro Rock and numerous photo ops of the iconic form. Check out Google maps for intriguing satellite views of the park and the rock. Quieter still and beautifully serene is the lagoon area’s saltwater marsh, a place where nature buffs will want to spend time identifying the many shorebirds. Just past the marina you’ll find the parkland’s Museum of Natural History.

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