17-Mile Drive

Really, you can trademark a tree?

While a friend was visiting this summer we took a drive down the coast and experienced the 17-mile loop. As a non-resident of Pebble Beach you have to pay a toll to use the road to drive through the gated community to get to the coast. Along this drive you will see The Lone Cypress. The Lone Cypress tree is over 200 years old and because its one of the most famous trees in the world, it is also the official symbol of Pebble Beach. The tree, which sits on a rock, has supporting cables around it to keep it from falling. In 1990 the Monterey Journal reported that Pebble Beach’s lawyer, Kerry C. Smith, said “The image of the tree has been trademarked by us,” and this is intended to control any display of the cypress for commercial purposes. The corporation had warned photographers that “they cannot even use existing pictures of the tree for commercial purposes. Other legal commentators have questioned the Pebble Beach Corporation‘s ability to invoke intellectual property laws to restrict others’ use of such images. Like the community, most of the 17-Mile Drive is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation.

Pebble Beach residence

My connection to the earth is reinforced through the rhythm of the waves. ~ Mike Dolan

Fanshell Overlook

The pure white sand of the beach below is irresistible to harbor seals, which each spring return to bear their young. Closed during the harbor seal pupping season from April 1 to June 1.

A mom’s watchful eye.

In California, harbor seal pups are born between February and April and weigh about 20 to 24 pounds at birth. If born prematurely, harbor seals retain a whitish lanugo coat (which is usually lost before birth). A pup can swim at birth and will sometimes ride on its mother’s back when tired. Pups make a bleating noise that sounds like “maaaa.” After about four weeks, the pups are weaned. Adult females usually mate and give birth every year. They may live 25 to 30 years.

Pacific harbor seals have spotted coats in a variety of shades from white or silver-gray to black or dark brown. They reach five to six feet (1.7-1.9 m) in length and weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg). Males are slightly larger than females. They are true or crawling seals, having no external ear flaps. True seals have small flippers and must move on land by flopping along on their bellies. In San Francisco Bay, many harbor seals are fully or partially reddish in color. This may be caused by an accumulation of trace elements such as iron or selenium in the ocean or a change in the hair follicle.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs

I am a perfect expression of freedom, here and now. ~ Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Baba Ram Dass


I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
Alice Walker

The weather could have been a little nicer for us so things would have looked a bit prettier. When the sun is out and the skies are blue the water here is such a beautiful turquoise color. Unfortunately that was not meant to be for us this day as you can see by the pictures it stayed a gray and foggy kind of day.

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

My dog Macs thinks going to the beach is the best and always puts a big smile on his face.

June 24, 2011

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