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Big Sur Bound in April - outdoor adventure + wine

Big Sur Bound in April - outdoor adventure + wine

Old Mar 4th, 2020, 08:15 AM
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We haven't had nearly as much snow so far this year but that could still change https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/...-to-last-year/
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 09:39 AM
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re Sequoias vs coastal redwoods. The Sequoias in the Sierra are the 'fat' ones and the coastal redwoods are the 'tall' ones. Though both are really tall and quite big around

Feb was very dry (record breaking really) but a storm door seems to have opened just a crack and we are expecting rain / snow at the higher elevations for several days starting this weekend -- so maybe our 'normal' Feb weather is hitting us in March and we'll catch up. In any case -- with late spring storms, yes, snow could very likely be a big issue in Sequoia. I'd stick to the coastal redwoods in Henry Cowell and in Big Sur, and forget about Sequoia/KC.
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Old Mar 5th, 2020, 07:27 AM
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Here is a quick explanation of the trees:

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Old Mar 5th, 2020, 09:20 AM
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Late to this but you have a good trip planned. I just visited the Monterey-Big Sur area in October for the first time. A few thoughts:

Definitely consider a whale watch. I've been following Monterey Bay Whale Watch on Facebook ever since we went with them in October. I routinely go out on whale watches all summer from here at home, I'm about 10 minutes from one here north of Boston. The Monterey one was so different! Their sightings are still really good right now, a mix of mostly gray whales but some humpbacks too and tons and tons (literally in the thousands) of dolphins on many trips. Another one to consider, if you're really adventurous, is Fast Raft Ocean Safaris, which is a whale watch out of Moss Landing in April. This is a motorized rubber raft that only seats 6 people! We really wanted to do this but it books up far in advance and was booked the week we were there. But we've been in Malibu for the last few Aprils and always see gray whales right off the beach, just watch for the spouts. I would suggest going out early though if you do book a whale watch. When we were there, and even now according to their social media, if a cruise is cancelled due to weather or swells, it's more likely the afternoon one.

One cute little stop along the way down the coast was Pfeiffer Beach. The rock formation and the way the waves crash through it there was kind of cool and it was definitely a driving adventure getting down to it and back up again!

If you've been to other top tier aquariums, like Georgia Aquarium or Shedd in Chicago, the Monterey Aquarium is a bit of a letdown. Even the sea otters, which is arguably their "thing", was really small and not really impressive. Worth maybe an hour if you're nearby. Likewise Santa Barbara Zoo, if you've been to others like San Diego or D.C., it might not be a big draw for you.
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Old Mar 16th, 2020, 08:53 PM
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I hope you're keeping an eye on what California is doing about the coronavirus. That could have a major impact on your plans.
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Old Mar 17th, 2020, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for checking in Underhill. I did see that things were particularly heightened in a couple of the counties we were planning to visit, and therefore we will be postponing our trip. With all these good suggestions, it's a real shame! Will post a trip report when we do end up making it out there, perhaps this Fall? Thanks again and take care of yourselves, everyone!
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Old Mar 17th, 2020, 02:07 PM
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Good decision to postpone with all the uncertainty these days. We have a visit planned for May and are hoping things settle down by then. But we’re also prepared to postpone as well if things haven’t improved. Health and safety come first.
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Old Mar 20th, 2020, 09:31 PM
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Things are unlikely to settle down by May, FYI. Schools are closed to the end of the school year, and we are now supposed to shelter in place, with outings only for necessities. Seniors are urged to find someone to shop for them, and stores are offering special hours.
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Old Mar 21st, 2020, 11:04 AM
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Underhill, sadly I have to agree with your assessment. Things are not looking good. Stay safe.
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