It just keeps calling us back. The sea. So raw and beautiful. Especially in Northern California. I hope it stays this way forever.
“You know the way you smell when you first come home from the beach? Well, I want to make a cologne that captures the essence of that smell”
– Cosmo Kramer
"Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean."
Redwoods provide a dark canopy and little glimpses of the sky.
On a beach somewhere...
Looks like a bear sniffed something out..
Bear bite. Ocean life can be harsh.
A seaweed snake (self named).
Two cute sea lions peeking out at us. I hereby name them Harry and Lloyd.
Green sea thing
Cheers to the guy who invented the camera timer.
Surrounded by beauty
Goodnight, sweet ocean.
Famous Cannon Beach is about 30 miles down the 101 from Astoria. Which is funny, because in The Goonies, the kids ride their bikes to it. Either those kids were in great shape, or that Spielberg pulled one over on us all.
I love it when clouds do this.
We camped on the beach and found a little boat rental place that provided all of the crabbing essentials. They also cleaned and steamed your catch for you. Sounded like a good deal to us.
Emily's Crabbing Lesson 101: You mean all I have to do is throw those rings into the water...
... pull them out ten minutes later...
Let me try that.
Hmm, this is a little heavier than it looks.
Exact quote: "Waaaa!"
Maybe I should just stick to taking pictures of the wildlife.
Hey look, a brown pelican.
Back at the docks, it was time to get our crabs cooked and cleaned.
This is the part where they stab the crab's heart and give it to you to eat.
They turn such a pretty color.
Crab cakes a la Terry (and Zatarains)
Imagine a magical island complete with friends, fresh seafood, sea breeze, ideal temps, clear water, great live music and bikes. Now wake up! You’re on Block Island!
Block Island is the first purely vacation-like thing we’ve done on our trip. We even left Kirbs behind, hopped on the ferry and stayed at the Narragansett Inn for the long weekend.
Cannot say enough about this island or group of people. Specifically, we need to thank Jenn & Todd for their generosity and their shared desire for all things fun! Every minute from the day we arrived to the day we left was genuinely perfect (it’s no surprise she’s a planner).
One of many great beaches on Block Island
Biking, then hiking, to the beach
Spearfishing! Pete & Pat hunt out black fish.
A lovely place to sit.
Crystal clear water
I want to scoop all of these colors up and take them home with me.
Our pad with Jenn & Todd
We try our hand at clamming. Thanks Pete & Pat for taking us!
Oops, caught a crab
Lobster Linguine with truffle oil... drooling!
Some of the gang at the 'Gansett
Block Island art
Some kids in the harbor dumped these by our feet. Yikes!
Coming from Utah where there is such a large chunk of public land, California took a little getting used to.
Give me lots of yellow, green and purple, please!
You mean, we can’t park wherever we want? No pulling up right onto the beach for the night? Hm. Guess it’s not the 1960’s anymore. Well, I suppose that’s the price you pay for all of the beauty this state has to offer. There’s a reason so many people live here! It’s absolutely breathtaking at every turn.
We got to San Diego on Terry’s birthday and my cousin Shelley trekked down from the Grand Canyon to spend Memorial Day Weekend with us. What a treat!
Shelley pondering life at Del Mar
A wounded soldier washed ashore
Some tunes at sunset
Sunset at Del Mar
Biking at Pacific Beach
Emily & Shelley at Mission Bay
Catamarans racing at Mission Bay
The Kirbs at Mission Bay
Mini Golf, Surfer Style
Balboa Park, Downtown SD