Just 4 miles north of the Hearst Castle, you can find a true treat: a colony of elephant seals that are totally oblivious to human presence. I could observe those giants for hours and still not have enough.
Elephant seal bulls practicing fighting before the mating season:
Female elephant seals do not have elephant-like noses:
But they can also make a roaring noise:
From the same beach, you can also see Piedras Blancas Lighthouse:
And lots of seagulls: