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Our last stop in Point Reyes National Seashore was Abbotts Lagoon. We hiked its 2.6 mile trail and saw quite a bit of wildlife on it.
Western Scrub Jays:
Red-Winged Black Bird:
There were some insects too…one of which got in my ear…
Further up the coast from the lighthouse we spotted a herd of Tulee Elk.
Cold and windy!
Lots and lots of steps down…
to get to the light…
Stopping for some photo ops made going back up easier…you can see the exertion didn’t get my jacket off. I can’t imagine how cold it must feel on foggy days!
Read more about the lighthouse and its history here.
I’ve always liked that I had a birthday that fell on a holiday weekend. This weekend was especially nice. It was my 60th and we celebrated with friends and family…the ones that could make it to Blackberry Ridge for the occasion. For those who didn’t make it, here are a few pictures. As you will see, lots of fun and lots of relaxation…which means it was perfect!
Judy and Helen relaxing on the back deck:
Me and our pups relaxing on the sofa:
The birthday gathering starts:
The cake: Judy tried her best to reproduce the shadow cake made by my friend Meg. Her family’s been serving it to me for years. This one wasn’t it, but it still tasted good.
The party goes on into the night…lovely night on our screened porch:
Me and Cooper:
Judy and me:
Our friends and their three dogs left this morning. It was great to have them and to spend some quality time with them. Cooper and Suki thought so too! Now, it’s time to catch up with our chores and projects…
After our tour of the California Academy of Sciences, Meg took me to Baker Beach, located in the Presidio. It has wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
Dogs are welcomed…
And of course, there’s wildlife to see…
All sorts of wildlife…as in naked people.
The northern part of the beach is clothing optional. That guy in the background was partaking. He was annoying though. He knew he was in the way of our shots…but never did try to get out of the way.
I’ve finally gotten my photos together and today starts a string of posts documenting my trip 2012 to California.
After a very, very, very long day of travel my first day was spent in San Francisco getting a personalized tour of the California Academy of Sciences’ new facility in Golden Gate Park. thanks to my friend Meg, who is a program director there.
In 2008 it moved into its impressive new building. You can read all about the museum’s history here. I’ve included a few pictures I took. But for a good look at was it offers, take a look at their website.
It’s been a while since my last post. I know. I’m finding it easier to leave a blurb on Facebook than to compose something here as I’ve been focused on the move and getting settled in, then getting ready for my trip, then being on my trip (with no computer), and now catching up from my trip!
But soon there will be pictures to post and a few stories to tell. Stay tuned.
A look at our bearded irises. Judy and I are enjoying being up here early enough to see their bloom from the get go vs towards the end of their cycle. We just had to share!
I’d describe the weather we’ve been having as tranistional. Warm one week, snow the next, cold rain the next. I think this weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm again. It’s my first April in Floyd, so can’t say if any of this is typical. I’m thinking the snow, at least, is not.
In between it all, we did get some landscaping work done, including getting fertilizer put down. Of course, now with all the rain, it’s growing fast. I’m going to have quite a job of mowing it this weekend! The rain also washed out our road…again…and quite badly. One day I’d like to find a way to curb the wash outs some. A few years back we had someone come out about it. They said there wasn’t much that could be done. I’m about ready to get some other opinions. I know I can’t eliminate entirely, but maybe SOME relief can be had.
It’s not at the top of the bucket list though. First comes getting the house better insulated and some interior cosmetic work done. No, wait…first comes my trip to Yosemite :-)
Just about every one of our bird boxes have been occupied by tree swallows. I got some quick shots to show. Just a couple boxes left for the blue birds, of which I’ve seen a couple on branches as if to be shopping around.
Look for your box…if you don’t see yours, it’s currently vacant. I you don’t have a box, come visit so you can make one!