California is blessed with an amazing coast line, speckled with spectacular sandy beaches visited abundantly by frothy waves of the Pacific ocean, marine life, flora and fauna. One such town abundant with all of these is Pacific Grove, a blink-and-maybe you will miss it coastal hub near its more well known cousin, Monterey and is perched on the northern end of the famous 17 mile drive. It is a quiet retreat and hosts a secluded, yet expansive conference ground at Asilomar, adjacent to the Asilomar beach. The weather pattern is very much like any other seaside town-foggy in the mornings and evening with sunny afternoons. Here are some photos that resulted during late evening and early morning walks to the beach and on the boardwalk at Pacific Grove. Read my other posts on Carmel here and here.
As is common practice along the California shore, conservation of natural vegetation and ecosystems plays a big role here as well. Asilomar is an ecologically protected zone since it is one of the few remaining habitats of the Monterey pine groves. In addition, boardwalks at Pacific Grove are laid out so that the sand dunes built by air and water attrition stay protected along the shores since they are natural habitats for indigenous flora and fauna.
The other attraction besides the beach at Pacific Grove is the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast that is now open to the public. A small donation of $2/adult is requested for the maintenance of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is very well maintained with two very friendly ladies showing people around the small museum showcasing the history and artifacts from its heydays. Plus, there is also a very cool section on different kinds of lenses and other equipment used to guide the ships, photos of shipwrecks, the lighthouse keepers and their household items (the lighthouse also doubled up as their residence). Unfortunately, the very top of the lighthouse where the lens is located, was closed due to maintenance so visitors were only restricted to the first two floors and the garden around the lighthouse (the latter has a small gift shop at one end of it).
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