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The Light At Piedras Blancas - San Simeon California
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The Piedras Blancas Light Station (PBLS) at the southern end of Big Sur, just to the north of San Simeon on Highway One, CA has a very interesting history. The land on which it is built once belonged to indigenous peoples. A visit to the light house takes one back to a time when life on the coast was simple and rough. Over the past 135 years, battered by wind and weather, Piedras Blancas Light has borne silent witness to many calamities including shipwrecks, wartime submarine attacks and earthquakes.
The towering Piedras Blancas Light Station is a great place to gaze out onto the vast Pacific Ocean. The views are stunning. Bring layers of clothing and a baseball hat or ski cap, even if it's sunny, as the winds can be wicked on the point where the lighthouse is located.
The The Piedras Blancas area acts as a preserve for local flora and fauna. Bring a good pair of binoculars so you can see the nesting Peregrine Falcon nest nearby, the countless Pelagic and Brandt's Comorants, and numerous marine mammals including California sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, northern fur seals and northern elephant seals - some 15,000 of these mammoth animals come ashore here.
March 15th, 2011
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