On Tuesday, I went to the elephant seal overlook to check things out and was delighted to hear the loud sounds of e seal pups as soon as I opened my car door at the Chimney Rock parking lot. I scoped out the seals and counted 9 pups and a total of about 80 seals from the overlook. I then walked to the end of Chimney Rock trail and spent 30 minutes whale watching but no joy.  I very much hope this shutdown ends sooner rather than later and we can all get back to being stewards for this special place.
Thanks – Carlo