Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ah, the ocean...

We drove down out of the mountains all the way to the coast. It's a 204 mile trip. We made it in a little over three hours. We came for the week. My mom and sister are driving up from southern California to spend a few days with us. We plan to watch the tide come in and go out. There's a minus tide at the end of the week, so we're going to take a long walk to look for fossils. It's a mini-vacation!
Roger's sister was here at the family beach house at the end of October. She called to tell us she had seen something amazing. There were whales and sea lions, pelicans and seals, dolphins and gulls having a feeding frenzy. She told us that people who have lived here for 60 years had never seen anything like it. It went on for three days, and then she came home. Later, we heard from friends who live here in Santa Cruz that the whales and sea mammals were everywhere in the bay. The sardines were running, and it was a sight not anyone had seen before. I thought, well wait a second, we've seen the shearwaters, we've seen whales, we've seen dolphins. Then we arrived. The whales were gone, but the pelicans and sea lions were still everywhere we looked. The barking goes on and on. The sound of the gulls and pelicans is eerily straight out of Hitchcock.
Even at the end of the run, it was more wildlife than we ever expected to see. Here a raft of sea lions rest together.

Ah, the ocean.

16 comments:

  1. WOW. Aren't you two lucky!? Sorry you missed the whales.

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  2. oh, so THAT 's why they're all going bat-shit crazy! There was a flotilla of pelicans yesterday along the Santa Cruz beaches. It's great to be back by the bay, isn't it? Enjoy!

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  3. Hey now! I like this! Would that I had the resources to "summer" or "winter" or "fall" there!

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  4. sounds like a vacation we'd love! remembering when we saw so many pelicans a little south of santa cruz that we were astonished. what a thrill! i hope you'll share some more pics of the trip during your stay.

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  5. kenju-- We do feel lucky to be here. Roger has been coming to this house for more than 70 years.

    Tara-- It is great to be back by the bay. We do love it here.

    John-- It is a lovely place to take a vacation.

    Sky-- I hope to see a lot of wonderful things and plan to post them here.

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  6. That is too cool. You guys were lucky to be able to see that.

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  7. Sounds like several nature programs we've seen on TV, only your experience was in real time; excellent. It's a good sign of healthy waters.

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  8. That must be really cool to see all those mamals together. Nothing like seeing them for real in the wild

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  9. Thank you for this post. I've been dreaming of the ocean for the past few nights.

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  10. Lucky you. The closest we see to sea creatures here is a few seagulls once in a while. I guess they or their ancestors followed the rivers up from the Gulf.

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  11. Dave-- It was an interesting surprise to see such a swirl of activity like that. Today it is much quieter.

    Isabelita-- I can't even imagine what it must have looked like two weeks ago. Wild and beautiful.

    Bill-- We don't often get to see a feeding frenzy like this. It truly is quite a sight.

    am-- It is very wonderful to be back at the coast. I can't believe how big the sky is!

    Mark-- We do feel very lucky. Roger's grandparents bought this house 75 years ago in 1938. Roger has been coming here all of his life. We may do a post on the history.

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  12. Will always remember that house, although the last time I was there was in 1985! An incredible spot-so glad you're visiting the ocean.

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  13. Sounds like one marvelous wildlife party--unless you are a sardine. What a wondrous thing to get to witness.

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  14. Annie-- We're happy to be here.

    Arkansas Patti-- Ah, you wrote what I was thinking. A feeding frenzy is interesting to watch, unless you think about the sardines below.

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  15. REALLY neat image of the "raft" of sea lions. The Jersey Shore is nowhere near as interesting as this. In fact, Kali and I have lived within 1-1/2 hours of the Jersey Shore for 25 years and we've been to the Shore exactly 5 times. Once you've lived in Florida (as we did for 7 years), you're too spoiled to go to the overbuilt, crowded, honky-tonk, beach-tag-required, cold, grey Jersey Shore.

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  16. Scott-- When I was growing up in NJ we went to the shore every summer. We didn't go for natural sights and sounds, but for rollicking good times on the boardwalk. I do remember though, when I was young, finding a horseshoe crab on the beach. It was revelatory to realize that there was wildlife as well.

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