A napping elephant seal is a happy elephant seal. From the Elephant Seal Overlook off Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in California, where dozens of these beasties haul themselves out to socialize, tan, and nap.
(Please note that I took this with a zoom lens, and didn’t sneak up on any seals, which is both against the rules and dangerous)
Still sharing some photos from my recent trip to Utila. Getting there is a bit of an adventure. You fly a regular plane from the US to San Pedro Sula, Honduras…
…with an epic view of the coastal reef system as you come in.
Then you change plane in SPS’s tiny airport and fly a tiny plane to La Cieba, where you wait in an even tinier airport…
…for an even tinier plane. I swear to god I saw someone lift the hood on this plane and check the oil, like it was a ’76 Toyota pickup truck. There were only 9 passengers and our luggage was stacked on the rear seats. At one point as we taxied down the runway the co-pilot had her arm hanging out the window, like we were just taking a drive. With the jungle looming behind it felt very Tales of the Gold Monkey.
That last flight is only 15 minutes and drops you off at the postage-stamp Utila airport. The pilot hands you your bag and you wander off – no security, unless you count the cows staring at you from an adjacent field – and pop out of the jungly backcountry to Utila town just in time for sunset.
Worth the flights to be sure 🙂