I’ve started a new job. I’m working for Hearst Ranch Winery. Yes, those Hearsts (William Randolph Hearst and Hearst Castle Hearsts). The winery is on their private beach below the castle. Awesome history, awesome views.
(As an aside, to work in an original Hearst building is incredible! The history and the people that have shared this space – years ago – fills the air with a snapcracklepop! The vigor and depth of the agriculture and the architecture is awe inspiring.)
Anyway, as I was driving to work today – up the Pacific Coast Highway which runs along the Pacific Ocean – I saw a herd of cattle, with a few ZEBRAS and a mini donk – in the pasture across from the water!
I nearly fell over.
Of course, I was driving at the time and didn’t think to take a photo… but I should have pulled over. I don’t know how often the cattle of Hearst Ranch are so close to the highway – and I don’t know how often the zebras join them. But seeing them today, together, RIGHT THERE, a stone’s throw away – was awesome!
I figured that road is so well traveled with tourists, somebody had to have seen the same thing and taken a pic and posted it on the internet. So, I looked online and sure enough! Tourists had seen the same thing and posted similar photos to what I witnessed.
— Long ago, Hearst had a zoo at the castle. Most of the animals are gone, but the zebras remained for some reason… maybe because Hearst loved Arabian, Morgans and Morabs. Did you know that William Randolph Hearst was responsible for the registry of the Morab?! Fun fact! He loved his horses, the trees and all animals.
PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW…
People may not know that WR Hearst was in love with conservation and preserving the land of California (His father was the miner…). He especially loved the trees and natural environment of his ranches. In fact, it was well known that he hated to learn that any of his trees were cut or needed cutting.
Hearst cattle roam on the luscious grassland of California’s Central Coast. Imagine how California would have been developed if Hearst hadn’t kept the land pristine?! This land is South of Monterey/Carmel and North of Santa Barbara. Prized land in CA. And the cattle have it. Grass fed. There are only so many cattle – never too many, never over grazed, always rotated.
Oh, and zebras