While we were making our way along the California coast last month we bumped into a band of migrating monarchs that had also stopped at Ragged Point, just past the Henry Miller library, for a short rest.
We speculated that this group was part of the Western North American population that overwinter in California, but they could just as easily have been heading on down south to Mexico.
We had a lengthy discussion about the whole migration thing. How long it is, where the butterflies sleep at night, and how they make it across water. Honestly, I can't remember the answers to most of those questions. What I do remember is that no one knows for sure how they know the route to take or when it's time to go. All I do know for sure is the whole thing is pretty amazing. And mysterious. And beautiful.
If you find yourself driving through these mountains along the California coast, Ragged Point is worth a stop. If the butterflies are not migrating you can still walk through the gardens, lay down on a tree, and have a fine view over the water.