the week in wildlife

My parents came out for a visit toward the end of last week. We did it up right, traveling all over the Monterey Bay area, even spending Mother’s Day down in Big Sur. They could’ve stayed at our tiny place, but we would had to have slept like Charlie’s grandparents in Willie Wonka.

they chose to stay in Carmel instead

they chose to stay in Carmel instead

To this point, our two months out here has felt like a weird vacation. Seeing my folks–and having to say goodbye again–made me finally grasp the fact that we moved and are far away from the people we love. People we really miss.

Anyway. Let’s look at some pictures.

found this fellow in Moss Landing at a place called Pot Stop - yes, he's a monkey sea captain smoking a pipe and thinking about stuff

found this fellow in Moss Landing at a place called Pot Stop – yes, he’s a monkey sea captain smoking a pipe (and thinking about stuff) – he sums up our California experience thus far

we saw lights down on the water last week and couldn't figure out what was going on - I drove down there with my camera to snap a few shots and find out what was up - it was a bunch of boats of various sizes fishing for squid

at our house uphill from the water, it looked like an alien squadron was assembling in the Monterey Bay - ends up the squid fishermen were out with big nets and bright lights (to attract the squid) – I found this out because, like a nosy old lady, I went down to the water to take pictures and ask someone

here's one of the boats in daytime

here’s one of the boats in daytime

boats

something I like about the area is that it’s not just a touristy place that’s pretty – there are a lot of people making a living on these waters – this is the commercial pier in Monterey, where pleasure craft park right next to fishing boats

a colorful ride

USA! USA! USA!

gargoyle

this stone-faced fellow lives down the street, always keeping his eyes on the ocean

pffttfft

this seal looks back up at him and isn’t impressed

most deer in PG travel in groups

most deer in PG travel in groups

some follow their mom around

some follow their mom around

and others roll on their own, stopping by to freak out our big dog in the process

and others roll on their own, stopping by to freak out our big dog in the process – she was too confused to bark

do you see the rat dog in my quesadilla?

do you see the rat dog in my quesadilla?

Dad driving to Big Sur, me in the backseat

Dad driving to Big Sur, me in the backseat

we miss our people, but we sure do love it here

we miss our people, but, man, we sure do love it here

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4 thoughts on “the week in wildlife

  1. I love the pick of the sailboat with sleeping cabin reminds me of the pocket sailboat I was building. Though I wasn’t going to paint it like the american flag, but that guy is probably living his dream on beautiful shores of the Pacific why not be proud. ‘ Merica’ she is a beautiful place.

    Yes I do see the rat dog in your quesadilla and also the side profile of Tom Hanks. The Tom Hanks of “Bosom Buddy’s” not “Cast Away”.

    • Now I know what I’ll be doing with my Saturday morning–looking for Bosom Buddies-era Tom Hanks in an over-cooked tortilla. I guess there are worse things.

      That boat really stood out on the water next to so many gray and white vessels. I wanted the occupant to come out so I could see what the deal was. Vietnam vet? Immigrant? Hipster?

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