Friday, April 08, 2016
A Change In The Weather
We arrived at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, where we had visited last November, expecting to take the walk through the dunes as we had done then. But a sign said that the trail had been flooded and that we had to take a detour. The detour wasn't as much fun as the trail; it had a lot of uphill sand dune climbing. I almost wanted to turn back, but we trudged on. We decided that a walk though sand counts as double in distance, so we took it as a good work out. Once we got to the beach we were reminded why we had come this way.
It's always such a sight to see the Pacific stretching out for miles like this. On this little journey we saw only two other people and one dog. It's quiet out there, except for the roar of the surf. It's a little like the planet's own heartbeat.
We walked a bit and noticed that the beach was clean. Really clean. We had been seeing photos and reading articles about the plastic detritus everywhere in the oceans and on the beaches, but we only saw one sign of human garbage, and that was a piece of rope. Instead we saw this one and only shorebird, which we have tentatively identified as a Sanderling.The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says of these beauties, "These extreme long-distance migrants breed only on High Arctic tundra, but during the winter they live on most of the sandy beaches of the world."
By 3:00 on Thursday the skies were already starting to cloud up as the promised change in the weather headed our way. I'm hoping for some rainbows and atmospheric optics in the coming days, making the best of a dire situation.
Posted by robin andrea at 12:00 AM