I'm in Big Sur on Wednesday night 1/9/13 but not at the State Park. Given the choice of paying $33 or $11, I'll take the $11 spot in a National Forest. The only advantage to the State Park is possibly a shower. Paying a $22 difference and only getting a shower upgrade seems a bit extravagant.
I stumbled onto another "Alligator Farm." This one was featuring birthing Elephant Seals, the huge ones, the ones weighing several hundred pounds, with a huge assortment of just born and already born babies. A docent was on hand to explain a lot of things but not having recorded it, I pretty much am in the process of regurgitating what she said as I remembered, not necessarily what she said. For instance, pups only spend approximately a month with
their Mother after which they are abandoned. In that first month, the Mother does not eat but nurses the baby constantly giving up her body reserves to produce enough milk to ensure the pup doesn't starve to death after it becomes weaned. Weaned pups are called "Weaners." (At this point I asked the docent, "So, they become an Oscar Meyer Weaner, ehh?" The pups flounder on the beach for a couple of months using up their own reserves until they finally get in
water to swim and feed themselves. Kind of a form of tough love I suppose. I wonder if this would of worked with my teenagers? Leaving them home alone after raising them for a month. They probably would have just rolled in a keg and started to party.
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