Hearst Castle and Their Noisy Neighbors

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).

I’ll let the images tell my story, but for detailed information and the castle’s history here’s Hearst Castle on Wikipedia and their own website, hearstcastle.org.

San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

The Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

One of numerous statues on the grounds at Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Art on the grounds of Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Art on the walls of Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Ceiling detail in Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Tapestry in dining room of Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Flags in dining room of Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Beautiful Indoor Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

Art and steps leading to Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California, USA

View from Hearst Castle

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. ┬áSome seasons are busier than others, but there’s always someone “home”. ┬áThe 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!

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Young male Elephant Seal

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Male, watching over his harem

 

Young males seem to be practicing for a more heated battle in the future. As of now, their bark is worse than their bite.

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Two male elephant seals engaging

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Male Elephant Seals making noise

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Male Elephant Seal looking for trouble

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Stand off between male Elephant Seals

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Male Elephant Seal cooling off

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Female elephant seals bickering over something

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Waves crashing on rock nearby

Piedras Blancas Rookery near San Simeon, California, USA

Shoreline near Elephant Seal’s Rookery

 

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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