When I mentioned to a friend at the local kayak club that I was doing a road trip up north to Point Reyes, he recommended that I take a detour to a peninsula south of Monterey called Point Lobos. I'm glad I took his advice because this spot was an absolute gem. Paddling around its protected coves I got a close up view of the thick kelp forests that surrounded it's shores, as large orange jellyfish floated beneath by boat. Steep cliffs encrusted with succulents gave way to wind blown cyprus trees. In the distance low hanging fog lay over the coastal redwood forests. A week later Point Lobos called me back again when I ended up exploring it by foot during my return trip back down the coast. Within Whalers Cove the remnants of an old whaling camp was a reminder of how far those creatures have come since their number were decimated decades prior.