Santa Cruz.

We left Salinas Valley, driving north towards Santa Cruz. We wanted to see the Spanish Mission. We could only see the outside  as it was closed, so it was a quick visit . The building is a restored mission chapel built in 1931. It is one-third scale replica of the  mission church. The original Mission was  founded in 1791, it was the 12th of the 21 Spanish Missions of California.

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We decided to walk around the wharf. This year, it has been the 100th anniversary of the wharf  that attracts a noisy  bunch of California Sea Lions. Each year, they migrate to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from breeding ground in Southern California and Mexico . Most of animals here are males, coming to the wharf to rest  or to feed on fish in the water around the  pier pilings.

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In the area, we could also see brown pelicans. They are year-round residents attracted by the rich food supply in Monterey Bay.

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We continue our drive on the coast. Our next stop will be at  Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

 

 

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