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Arroyo Seco1212 viewsThis is an overview of the Arroyo Seco Valley looking west to Cone Peak with the Pacific Ocean straight and steeply down the other side. Climbing up one of the many tilted rock slabs that protrude out of the valley floor will test someone's limits of vertigo. The small inner dispersed valleys between rock formations are filled with wild flowers of nearly every color during the spring. Wildlife abounds in the Arroyo Seco, with the best viewing times just after sunrise.
Arroyo Seco1265 viewsWith the heavy spring rains the Arroyo Seco bursts into bloom. The eroded rock formations surrounding the valley are very unusual and remind one of giant sculptures. The sparsely visited Arroyo Seco River valley is located on the inland side of the California coastal range just below Big Sur and directly behind 5000-foot-high Cone Peak. Mission San Antonio is a short distance away and was part of the California mission system working its way north to the port of Monterey. The best time to visit the Arroyo Seco is in the spring when temperatures are cool. Opening day of trout season on the Arroyo Seco River is usually around the first of May and was the original reason for this first visit.
Point Sur Lighthouse1080 viewsThroughout history, Point Sur has been a navigational hazard, to which many shipwrecked captains can attest. In the 1880s, lighthouses and lightships provided invaluable warnings to the many ships that traveled close to shore, especially during rough weather when protruding headlands could provide them with much-needed shelter. It took mariners 11 years of petitioning the U.S. Lighthouse Service Board before money was allocated for Point Sur in 1886. Three years later, on August 1, 1889, the lightstation keys were turned over to the first keeper. He and three assistants staffed the lighthouse and fog signal 24 hours a day.
Northern California at its Most Beautiful.1937 viewsSheer beauty, but words fail to describe it and the camera doesn't do it justice with its flat two-dimensional view.
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