July 29, 2014

Hwy 1 Roadtrip: ATV-ing on Pismo Beach Dunes

atv-pismo-1Alrighty.  Day 3 of our quickie roadtrip included 2 hours of ATV-ing on Pismo Beach sand dunes -- 2 expensive, epic, fantastically beautiful, sandy, windy, totally fun hours.  atv-pismo-2  So wonderfully weird to find oneself driving – ON A BEACH – in California.atv-pismo-3  We arrived, and Little Dude was instructed first.atv-pismo-4 atv-pismo-5 atv-pismo-6 atv-pismo-7 And then Instructor Dude totally sent Little Dude off.  All by his itty-bitty-baby-of-the-family self.  Alone. On a vehicle.  That he was driving.atv-pismo-8 atv-pismo-9 And then he group-instructed the rest of us.atv-pismo-10 He talked and talked and talked, and I could see his mouth moving and saying words, but none of his instruction was really reaching any of my brain waves, ‘cause I was “OMGOSH, Little DUDE!!!!”atv-pismo-11 atv-pismo-12 And then we were ostensibly ready to take off and join Little Dude …atv-pismo-13 atv-pismo-14 atv-pismo-15 And this is where I put my Big Girl Camera safely away in the car.  And everything that follows is my trusty, tiny, slightly-more-sand-friendly Galaxy …atv-pismo-16 atv-pismo-17 atv-pismo-18 atv-pismo-19 atv-pismo-20 atv-pismo-21 The clouds were kind enough to join us, keep the temperature pleasant, and throw gorgeous shadows across the dunes …atv-pismo-22 atv-pismo-23 atv-pismo-24 atv-pismo-25 atv-pismo-26 atv-pismo-27 atv-pismo-28 atv-pismo-29 That two hours of fun totally tired out a certain someone…atv-pismo-30

July 28, 2014

Hwy 1 Roadtrip: The Elephant Seals of San Simeon

Be very glad smell-a-vision does NOT accompany this post.  From 24 seals in 1990 to over 1700 seals today (on this stretch of beach), this was a pullover worth beholding.  These seals are fascinating – their floppy ways, their epic flatulence and belching and snoring, their sand baths, their ENORMOUS size, and their battling for mates.  Totally. Fascinating.

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July 27, 2014

Rivers into Ocean…

All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again.
Ecclesiastes 1:7

July 22, 2014

Hwy 1 Roadtrip: Day 2, part 2

After enjoying the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, we continued on down the road.  A section of Pacific Coast Highway that we had never explored before…

hwy1-1 Double-fisting the cameras …hwy1-2Watch out.  The Teen is driving… hwy1-3 hwy1-4 hwy1-5 I guess it doesn’t matter how old you are.  If you’re a boy, you throw rocks off cliffs.hwy1-6 hwy1-7 hwy1-8 Windy.  Super windy.hwy1-9 hwy1-10 hwy1-11 hwy1-12 Big Dude, back at the wheel, and GoPro-ing.hwy1-13 hwy1-14 hwy1-15 hwy1-16 hwy1-17 hwy1-18 hwy1-19 hwy1-20