Hey there, I’m back. (Wait – you did notice that I was missing, didn’t you?) Yes, PG and I have returned from our road trip down the coast to Northern California, and we actually still enjoy each other’s company. Laundry is done, groceries are in, presents have been distributed, so now I can sit down and tell you a bit about the trip.
It had been so long since either of us had done that trip – at least twenty years! – so it was great fun to revisit it all and to refresh our memories. And especially to experience the weather down the coast. The windy, cold-than-it-looks weather down the coast.
Even in the sun it was chilly. Even when the wind wasn’t blowing it was windy. I mean, intellectually I knew this, and had clothes for this, but it’s still a bit of a surprise. PG was completely underdressed for the coast, and frequently lamented that he hadn’t brought his warm fleece hoodie.
And some hung out with their friends, the birds (I have no idea what kind of birds these are – can anybody enlighten me?). While I was taking this photo, a flock of pelicans was flying above me and PG was shouting to me to take a photo of them too. Which I did not. They fly fast, those pelicans!
But the best wildlife sighting had to be in Carmel CA, which is one of the most adorable (albeit touristy) towns I’ve ever visited. We’d gone down to the beach and done the obligatory bundled-up barefoot walk and photo op, when PG looked out at the ocean and said sharply, “What’s that?”
His distance vision is much better than mine, so to me, it looked like a piece of driftwood. He disagreed with that and claimed that it was an otter, floating on its back. It was! We and about five other people watched it float and dive and play for about ten minutes. I took a bunch of photos, most of which showed absolutely nothing identifiable as an otter. This one is the best of the bunch, and even then it’s not great. But trust me, it’s an otter floating on its back!
I had never really registered it before, but the Oregon coast is very different from the Northern Caifornia coast. Obviously there is a big difference between Northern and Southern California beaches, but I was quite struck by how much more wild and rocky the Oregon coastline is as compared to what you see just a bit further south. I think I prefer the Oregon version – but then, we didn’t go all the way down to Big Sur, and I seem to recall that the scenery is rather spectacular around that area. Oh well – gotta save something for the next trip!
And I will also save something for my next post – San Francisco, wine country, shopping, general silliness …