The main attraction here is the elephant seals, who get involved in some spectacular midwinter mating rituals. (Imagine sweaty SUVs crashing into each other to establish dominance.) This gets so popular that during "peak season" you need to make reservations almost two months in advance to be allowed into the reserve to see it.
We figured that by jumping the gun a bit, we could avoid the rush, but we ran into a few snags. As it turns out, we needed to take two trips (in late October and early November) to actually see our first elephant seals.
Click on any image below to start the slide show at that point:Cove Beach November 2000
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