Point Lobos State Reserve
Tendrils of fog drift through stands of pine and dissolve over coves cut steeply in granite. Squadrons of pelicans sweep low over rock castles battered jagged by eons of sea. On the lee sides of cypress limbs, rust-orange algae cling like frost. Sea lions bray from their island citadels and sea otters float on their backs in carpets of kelp. And accompanying every scene and every scent is the thunder of water breaking against rock. In the long, narrow display case of the California coastline, Point Lobos is the jewel that glistens like no other.