Wildflowers and Whales, and baby elephant seals. The hikes out at Chimney Rock have been filled with wildflowers, and the recent rains have extended the growing season just a bit longer. On the 30th, a group of students joined us to see wildflowers including: mules ears, indian paitbrush, checkerbloom, lupine, poppies, iris, tidy tips, and many others. The elephant seal pups and the mothers are still on the beaches, the males have left, most heading north, to find food. Through out our hike we saw six gray whales, very close to shore, displaying feeding behavior. We could see their blows, and a couple of them were directly underneath us and we could see their backs and flukes as they dove down in search of food. Most the whales have headed north by now, but the last stragglers are still being seen out at the point.