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Mon, 02 Apr 2018

Spring is here

It has been an odd winter. It has been mild, except that when it usually warms up here, it started to get cold. I usually put out tomato plants in February, but this year it froze after that and I had to replace my tomatoes. The weather is finally warming up though. 

There was unusual weather across the nation. Hardly any snow in the Sierras until March. Four major snowstorms on the East coast in March. Anyway, plans for Spring break were hard to make because we didn't want to end up somewhere it would be raining or snowing. So at the last minute we decided that the ocean would be our safest bet. Of course, I was missing the beach and wanted to go anyway.

We started our trip with a night at Mom's. We met up with the Dills for dinner. Mom had bought a birthday cake for me also. yum. 

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Then Marc and I left for Pinnacles National Park. I had been there once before, but wanted a second chance to see a California condor up close. We took a pretty hike, but unfortunately still did not see a condor. We did attend a ranger talk and learned interesting things.


After Pinnacles, we drove to Santa Cruz. We checked into our hotel, walked downtown to explore. We had a good dinner and then sat in the hot tub to relax.

Then next morning, we got up and drove to the marina. We had tickets to go whale watching. First we explored the marina and lighthouse.


Then we met Chuck, the sea otter. 


We saw quite a few humpback whales feeding. It was fun to see them up close.

After whale watching, we went downtown again to explore. We had pizza and salad for dinner and then sat in the hot tub again. We were on vacation to relax after all. 

The next morning, we checked out of our hotel/ We had about 30 miles to go for our next accommodations, so we wandered leisurely  up highway 1. We stopped to see a real blue whale skeleton.


The coastline along here for about 50 miles is almost undeveloped. There are a lot of farms and ranches. I did not realize that when I made our reservations. The address said Pescadero and I'd remembered that there was a lighthouse there, with a youth hostel, but didn't realize that the town of Pescadero was tiny.But the remoteness made the beaches beautiful and uncrowded.



We explored some and then got to Ano Nuevo State Park. We found out that we were just in time for a ranger walk to see the elephant seals, something that I'd always wanted to do. We were in the wrong season to see the males fighting, but there were still seals around to see. We saw two juvenile males that were old enough to have large noses. Most of the seals were just lying about, saving their energy. They don't eat while on land, so they had been fasting for months. They lose a lot of weight while there. Soon they will swim back to sea. 




We finally checked into our tent cabin at  Costanoa. This was just like the tent cabins at scout camp, but not at all like the cabins at scout camp. We had a cushy queen-sized bed with down comforter and four pillows. The bathrooms had heated floors and hot showers. We also had a hot tub again for ultimate relaxing. 


Here, we discovered that we had to drive to Half Moon Bay for dinner, but had a good Italian dinner.On the way back we saw the sunset behind pigeon point lighthouse.


The next day we explored the surroundings, including the redwoods at Butano State Park.









Then came back in time for low tide and more tide pools.

Thursday was my actual birthday, as opposed to the whole "birthday week," (which I took advantage of). We stopped at the best bakery in Davenport for a cinnamon twist for breakfast.

 Then went to the pier in Santa Cruz for a last look at the ocean. We saw sea lions and a lot of fish under the pier.

I decided to get a second breakfast if fish and chips. The fish was delicious. 


We headed for home, stopping for dinner in Bakersfield. We had fish tacos at Rubios. 

And we drove home, arriving in Las Vegas about nine to celebrate my birthday again (this time including Thomas) with ice cream.

What a great vacation and a fun way to celebrate all week. I'm so glad Marc was able to take the week off so that we could do this together.







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