A strange combination of topics surely?
And then he ran down near the seals and he didn't seem to be frightened of them either.
Now I have asked a few people for advice about what this little creature is. I had just assumed he or she is a variety of squirrel, but some people have said it is a chipmunk and others have said a marmot...whatever it is, it was very entertaining! :-)
Well the good deed was on our Hearst Castle Day Tour...you might remember we had had an early start and were at the meeting point in plenty of time...half an hour to spare!
The meeting point was actually Starbucks but cousin Adrienne suggested a photo in front of the cafe next door as it's an icon! Lol
The tour was a little late starting. Apparently a translator was supposed to be coming with us to translate for a couple with no English...a young Italian couple. Finally our tour guide/driver found out that the translator was ill and that the company were unable to find a replacement at such short notice. It was interesting watching Rich ( the tour guide) trying to dissuade the couple from coming on the tour and to book for another day or get a refund. The couple didn't really know what he was saying but they seemed to know that they were doing the trip regardless.
I stepped forward and offered Rich my iPad and suggested he use Google Translate...it's not great but it seems to handle French and Italian translating very well. Being a man, he refused my offer. But as the trip started the teacher in me (still!) thought that this young couple would need to know times to be back to the vehicle after each stop, safety issues needed to be explained and it would be nice for them to be aware of some of the commentary at least. So....
Out came my iPad and away I went...the young couple soon got the idea and sometimes they would indicate they wanted to write a question or statement too.
Now the second part of this post...in the next photo, DH and the young Italian couple (who incidentally were on their honeymoon after being married on July 26!) are walking towards that railing in the midground of the photo. It is at San Simeon...
These are elephant seals and this is a rookery or colony of them...
This fellow was just relaxing; notice that he is shedding an old layer of skin. Our guide told us that with each shedding they become progressively darker.
Hmmm...should I go for a swim perhaps he wonders?
Wondering why they are called elephant seals? Well they have a hook of a nose that could resemble a trunk but...
Full grown males measure 16 feet and weigh 6600 pounds and females are smaller but still weigh 1200 pounds! We were all advised to stay behind the fence and I had no problem with that! Lol
As well as the seals, we saw another creature darting around our legs...no fear of humans!