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.
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.
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.
We watched as waves crashed against the rocky crags, then stepped carefully near the cliff’s edge to spy Pebble Beach across the bay.
Point Lobos is uniquely beautiful. The view on the drive out was just as gorgeous as the one mile walk.
To have shared this time together was a rare and special treat.