Blogging at the beach
October 10, 2008
It is warm and sunny at Falcon Cove this day. As I look out the window at the Pacific I find myself wishing I had a camera with a telephoto. There are numerous flocks of pelican flying north, traveling low over the water, just a little too far out to capture well with my little Nikon. I took the dogs for a walk on the beach at low tide and we had the whole cove to ourselves. Just Nikko, Aubrey and myself. Oh, and the sea lion. I almost didn’t see him laying high up on the sand in the sun, as the dogs and I were meandering in and out of the water. When I did catch sight of him, I thought he might be dead, but then he turned his head to look at us and I realized he was just catching some rays. The dogs didn’t see him, because they were busy playing in the surf. We worked our way down to the south end of the Cove, where the tide pools are, and checked out the sea life. The tide was not very low today, not like the last time I was down here, when there were record low tides. But I still got to see a few starfish and various other sea creatures. On the way back up the beach I tried to keep the dogs busy and distracted as we once again passed the sea lion. We almost got past him when he decided to sit up straight, startling the dogs. Fortunately, they behaved and continued to follow me, though now they kept looking back and sniffing the air, wondering what that creature had been. He was pretty large. If I had to guess I would say at least seven to eight feet in length. God knows what he weighed, but I’ll bet more than double the dogs and I together! I enjoyed a wonderful 2003 Penner-Ash Goldshmidt Vineyard Pinot Noir while I wrote this. I highly recommend any of the Pinots from Penner-Ash. I recently purchased several different Penner-Ash pinots from the 2006 vintage that I will have to try to resist for a few years!