Whale watching, no boat necessary

I love articles like this — so useful. Ten spots along the California coast to watch for whale spouts:

  1. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Monterey County
    Directions: The park is 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur on Highway 1. Look for a sign on the east side of the highway.
    Hours: From 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
    Fee: $8 per car
    Contact: (831) 667-2315
  2. San Simeon State Park, San Luis Obispo
    Directions: From San Luis Obispo, take Highway 1 north for 35 miles. Exit San Simeon Creek Road.
    Hours: Open 24 hours a day.
    Fee: Free for day use.
    Contact: (805) 927-2035
  3. Lookout County Park, Santa Barbara
    Direction: Take the Summerland exit off Highway 101 and turn south into Evans Avenue.
    Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset.
    Fee: None
    Contact: (805) 969-1720
  4. Shoreline Park, Santa Barbara
    Hours: Sunrise to 10 p.m.
    Fee: None
    Contact: (805) 564-5418
  5. Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Malibu
    Directions: From Santa Monica, take Pacific Coast Highway north 18 miles, turn left on Dume Drive and turn right on Cliff Drive.
    Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
    Fee: None.
    Contact: (805) 488-1827
  6. Point Fermin Park, San Pedro
    Directions: Take Interstate 110 south until it ends, then follow south Gaffey Street until it ends at 807 Paseo Del Mar.
    Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Fee: None
    Contact: (310) 548-7705
  7. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes
    Directions: Take Interstate 110 south until it ends, follow Gaffey Street for about two miles, turn right on W. 25th Street until it becomes Palos Verdes Drive South. Look for the park on the left.
    Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Fee: None
    Contact: (310) 377-5370
  8. Santa Catalina Island (This one does require a boat, if you’re coming from the mainland.)
    Direction: From Avalon, take Stagecoach Road about three miles north to a turnoff near Wrigley Reservoir.
    Hours: 24 hours
    Fee: Hiking permits are free.
    Contact: (310) 510-2596
  9. Crescent Bay Point Park, Laguna Beach
    Directions: From Laguna Beach, take Pacific Coast Highway about one mile, turn left on Crescent Bay Drive.
    Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Fee: None
    Contact: (949) 497-0716
  10. Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
    Direction: From downtown, take Harbor Drive past the airport, left onto Rosecrans Street, right onto Cannon Street, left onto Catalina Boulevard. Follow Catalina until it ends.
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Fee: $5 parking or $3 per person for walk-ins.
    Contact: (619) 557-5450

I’ve been meaning to hit up a certain park in Malibu — I’m not sure if its the Point Dume one that’s noted in this article — to have a picnic to watch for whales. I read about it in AAA’s magazine, whose website is down right now. I would go back and get the magazine (since I saved it) to share that info, but Trinity is bugging me for the computer now and I think I’ve shared enough for tonight.