Thursday, August 22, 2013

California Dreamin' Part 2

Quick Stop at Casa de Fruta



Monterey 


Evening walk on the beach.


Sunny, sunny day.


Tide pools were BIG hit with hours of play!



So much wildlife to see from the pier.



And sour dough bread to eat at the wharf!



Finally, gorgeous morning light for return to Austin.


Come back soon!!!!!!







Tuesday, August 20, 2013

California Dreamin' Part 1

Bernie and Pai came to California for a whirlwind visit!

Columbia State Park






An Evening Visit to Pinecrest


Calaveras Big Trees State Park






Back at the Ranch




Stay tuned......




Friday, August 16, 2013

Bobcat at Ranch

Starting out to close the gate at sunset this evening I turned back to check on the level of the water tank. Oh happy serendipity!  A bobcat was stalking prey just outside of my fence (between me and the water tanks).  I watched for a long time from my picnic table before sneaking inside to grab my camera.  She was still sitting behind the oak completely unaware (or ignoring) the squeaky screen door.  By this time, though,  I was worried she was after our resident hen turkey or one of the jack rabbits.


(check out that strange white strip on the right ear)

Unbelievably, I climbed through the fence and got to the end of the mowed grass, within probably 25 yards.  Finally, I whistled to get her attention!  


Here's a digital zoom of same shot.  Amazing green eyes!


Whatever she was stalking was pretty darn temping because even when I tripped backing away she continued forward another 20 feet or so.  I hoped to get a shot of the signature white puff on the tip of her tail, but no luck.


Finally, giving up the hunt, she wandered on up the trail to the water tanks, and I completely forgot to check the water level!




(I think it's really interesting how close the color of her eyes are to the green eyes of the coyote I shot earlier this year.)














Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bodega Bay Camp

Bodega Bay is a great get away when it's HOT in the foothills.  The problem is that it's hard to predict what the weather will be 180 days in advance when it's time to make campground reservations.  That's what happened this week,  low 90s in the foothills meant the marine layer was sitting on the coast.  It was long sleeves and coat weather when Travel Pal S and I arrived on Monday.  The wind didn't blow the fog away until Wednesday; but the really big waves it brought were worth the wait.

Tuesday we took a ride up the coast to visit Fort Ross.  Imagine our surprise to find it CLOSED!  State budget cut backs was their story; only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was fun to walk around the outside of the walls and peak through the  cracks in the timbers; still, kinda disappointing!


This old eucalyptus tree has the best bark designs.


The Naked Ladies were blooming all along the coast.  


Seals (or sea lions?) soaking up sketchy sunshine at the Russian River.


Bodega Bay is perfect climate for succulents.  This one was on the patio of a cafe in Jenner.  If you visit, be sure to check out the gardens at the Entrance to Doran Beach.


We ran into Genevieve at Goat Rock;  and then she turned up in our camp to Wright's Beach too.



It was great to see the sun turn the ocean blue on Wednesday while we explored the little town of Bodega Bay.  But even better were the giant waves we found at Wright's Beach when we returned to camp mid-afternoon.  




Looking back at Wright's Beach from Duncan Landing, just at far right of the pic is S's rig and mine is across from hers but out of the shot.  (I almost got blown away when I climbed up on this bluff!)


Two hours of walking in the heavy sand and crazy wind wiped me out so I almost missed the sunset that evening.  Rushing out to catch the last rays I found S, Crissy and Abbey on the beach enjoying (ok, it 'was' kinda cold) a last walk before we headed home Thursday morning.