Sunsets in the Sand

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I went on vacation last week with my family.  We went to Santa Cruz, California.  I grew up there and wanted the family to experience the place that I had grown-up in.

East Cliff Drive  Thunderous Waves

East Cliff Drive
Thunderous Waves

We rented a house on the beach and found that the waves were constant and loud.  They were also beautiful, the weather had some sort of fog everyday, and it was cool all the time.

Sunset Over Santa Cruz

Sunset Over Santa Cruz

I’d slip out during dinner and capture the sun as it set.  I do so miss those sea-spray sunsets.  They are the best that I have ever seen.

Tidepool Color

Tide Pool Color

We took a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and saw little orange sea anemone’s behind glass.  I had never seen one in the open tide pools until the next day.  There it was, the only one.  The color reminds me of the sunsets.  We had a great time.  Sharing tide pools with grandkids is a blast!  I’m so glad we shared this time together.  Next blog will let you in on a place that I had longed to go back to and see since I was about eight……It is beautiful too, but in a completely different way.

“That was magnificent!”

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On Monday we gathered up the grandkids and headed towards the coast.  The tide was low and we were looking forward to sharing the tide pool experience with these young minds.  The anemone’s were mostly completely closed when we first started our tide pool hunt.  As we progressed over the slippery rocks we started to see a change in the tide pools.  Here is our first sighting of, what I was saying, would look like a sea flower.

Partially opened anemone.

Partially opened anemone.

Finding star fish was important, as they’ve been dying off at an alarming rate this year and children always love to see them.  Let’s face it, adults do too.

Sea Star from afar.

Sea Star from afar.

This tide pool had an amazing array of sea life.  It was packed with purple sea urchins, sea snails, pink algae sponge weeds, pacific seaweeds, hermit crabs, hundreds of very small anemones, and I’m sure there was a lot of life there that we couldn’t see.

A Sea Boquet

A Sea Bouquet

Silent Star Fish

Silent Star Fish

We only saw one sea urchin shell, but it was uniquely different from everything else.

Sea Urchin Shell

Sea Urchin Shell

BFF's or giant anemone?

BFF’s or giant anemone?

We took the stairs up the cliff and walked across, under the coastal cypress trees.  Our grand children tried their first taste of sour grass, and they liked it.  The kids found fallen trees and climbed on them.  They wanted to know if there was a playground.  We told them that this was how playgrounds were when we were kids.  We just made it up as we found interesting things to play on.  They loved the logs and the shadows and the views.

View from the cliffs at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve .

View from the cliffs at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve .

The sun started setting as we drove towards home.

Sunset near Devils Slide.

Sunset near Devils Slide.

Then there it was……The six year old said, “That was Magnificent!” and the two year old said, “Yeah, that was Ma-if-i-ant!”  That about summed up the day.  They never even thought about video games or TV, they just became fully engrossed in the wonder that the ocean presented them.  It was truly magnificent! 

Seeking Simplicity

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When I started this post, I had been rearranging my house.  Perhaps that is why I am in search of simplicity.  It occurred to me this week that nothing is simple anymore.  Is that just because I am no longer a child or is it because technology hasn’t really seemed to make things less complicated?  I took my car in last week for a little two-day paint job that ended up taking nine days!  Technology can match the paint in a second but who knows what transpired next.  My car is back with me as of late yesterday afternoon and I’m, once again, plugged into my 2,000 + HDD tunes.  This suits me just fine, as I am off to find simplicity.  I’m hoping that it looks something like this…………………..

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

 

Ocean Flowers

Ocean Flowers

Tidepools

Tidepools

Sea Creatures

Sea Creatures

Tropical Sunset

Tropical Sunset

First Green Flash

First Green Flash

Is it too much to ask to see, what would be, my fourth green flash?  I can’t find it if I don’t look.  Simplicity…..I’ll let you know when I find it.  Hope you find your simplicity this weekend.