A Serene Stroll through a State Reserve

January 7, 2013
Cypress Grove Trail at Point Lobos State Reserve
Total distance: One mile

It was a cool January day when my father, sister and I strolled along the Cypress Grove Trail.  We were out for a lazy walk while the rest of the family followed their own interests that afternoon.

Dad and Gracia on the Old Veteran's Trail.

Dad and Gracia on the Old Veteran’s Trail.

Harmless looking, yet quite toxic winter stems of poison oak lined the edges of the path.  A side trail took us to Cypress Cove, one of many coves located at Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel, California.

Cypress Cove

Cypress Cove

We walked through the Allan Memorial Grove, part of the perimeter hike, and heard noisy sea lions barking in the distance.  Dramatic ocean views peeked through gnarled and contorted branches of cypress trees. The trees in the grove continually withstand salty sea spray and wind.

The path through the grove.

The path through the grove.

Gnarly trees.

Gnarly trees.

Sea lions sat on the rocks offshore.

Sea lions sat on the rocks offshore.

We watched as waves crashed against the rocky crags, then stepped carefully near the cliff’s edge to spy Pebble Beach across the bay.

Looking towards Headland Cove.

Looking towards Headland Cove.

Watching.

Watching.

Point Lobos is uniquely beautiful.  The view on the drive out was just as gorgeous as the one mile walk.

Near the cliff's edge.

Gorgeous.

To have shared this time together was a rare and special treat.

9 thoughts on “A Serene Stroll through a State Reserve

  1. Dad

    I agree, it was a rare and special treat. Of all the times I’ve been to that area, it’s the first time I’ve been to Point Lobos. The whole week we spent together in Pebble Beach was a relaxing, fun filled vacation to remember. Can’t wait to go back to Carmel for more oysters and another bloody Mary.
    Dad

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  2. robinwinter

    New to Californis (almost thirty years ago now) I ran afoul of those innocent-looking poison oak branches, leafless, quiet, unobtrusive and toxic. Three weeks of welting!

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  3. Celia

    I am very allergic to poison oak, so the very idea of it fills me with fear. I’m glad it isn’t prevalent in our area. Even so, I stay on the path!

    Thank you for sharing your photographs and memories. I would like to have heard those sea lions.

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    1. Janet Post author

      Celia, my husband is very allergic too. Unfortunately, we have poison oak growing all over our property here at home. Is yours poison oak or ivy?

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      1. Celia

        Sadly, poison oak, ivy, and sumac can all be found in Illinois. But dwelling as I do mainly in the city, I haven’t contracted it for many years. The last time I contracted poison ivy, I was in New England and discovered I had it on the plane going home. : (

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