California Coastal Madness: Sent to Canada & Belarus

I clicked on “Send a Postcard” on Postcrossing two more times!


The Hearst Castle card goes to Minsk, Belarus, and the tiger below Morro Rock goes to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The two locales depicted in these postcards are a mere 35 minutes apart, along the Central California Coast.  Hearst Castle, the project of millionaire publisher William Randolph Hearst (with super architect Julia Morgan’s artistry), hosted many movie stars of the 1920s-40s.  Now, it’s a state park offering several different tours–and I have been on them many times.  Hearst even had a personal zoo up there in the hills above the San Simeon coast, and though he is long gone, if you are driving along the Pacific Coast Highway near the site, you may very well see herds of zebras grazing in the hills, not far from cattle!

Zebras San Simeon 2012

Meanwhile, down south on the coast in Morro Bay, you will likely see otters, sea lions, & seals–but tigers are a rare sight.  This one reached the sand bar by kayak, and was floated back out again.  “Take only photos, leave only footprints,” after all.