Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark in San Simeon California. It’s quite well known, so I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. But how many of my readers have actually been there? I’d been there twice, because it’s one of those touristy things that visitors wanted to do when I lived in Santa Barbara. (Kinda like The Grassy Knoll and Book Depository when I lived in Dallas.)
As I said in my last post, I’ve always seen this place as more of an art museum than a castle, because it is almost entirely decorated with, and built using (in and out) European antiques and art pieces. Hearst formally named the estate “La Cuesta Encantada”, (The Enchanted Hill).
If you make it Hearst Castle it’s a must to also visit the Elephant Seal Rookery (Piedras Blancas) just a few minutes up the highway. Some seasons are busier than others, but there’s always someone “home”. The entire population of 25,000 elephant seals is never in the rookery at the same time. According to E-Seal News there are hundreds of seals on the beach in July and August, but literally thousands from January through May!
Young males seem to be practicing for a more heated battle in the future. As of now, their bark is worse than their bite.
Next… on to Monterey!! I’m trying to get caught up here, so they may be coming up fast for a few weeks. ?
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