We were told by numerous friends that no trip to Carmel is complete without spending time at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. We were happy to include it in our itinerary. It is a mere 3-4 miles from where we are staying, so it was easy.
Upon entering the park, we drove to the closest picnic spot, at Cannery Point. Pulling up to the parking lot, I looked into the cove and noticed people in the water! I wasn’t prepared for the idea that this would be a scuba diving spot – yet, apparently, it is.
We pulled out our picnic lunch and sat at a table facing the cove. The day had been unexpectedly sunny and clear so far. However, as we ate, we watched a light mist form over the cove, which became more and more solid over the course of twenty minutes.
By the time we were ready to hit the trail, the entire park was encased in fog. I was a little worried at first, because we hadn’t brought jackets or sweatshirts (in fact, Dave was wearing shorts), but as long as we kept moving along during our hike, it wasn’t really cold.
A sign at the beginning of the trail alerted us to the abundant presence of my arch-nemesis: poison oak. I was careful not to touch ANYTHING while I was there. I wish I could have found a way not to breathe, so as not to inhale any of that evil urushiol.