Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Road Trip to Mexico

 Its been a little while since the last post, but I just got to my boat, Altair, after a great road trip down the west coast, from Bellingham to Cabo San Lucas, and then across the Sea of Cortez to San Blas, where Altair is.  I drove fairly quickly at first, and didn't take many pictures of Washington or Oregon, but as I got in to Califorina I found some Elk!  Beautiful big antlered things, lounging on the road, so I got my camera out and snapped a few...
From there I went to visit my sister Rachel, and we went for a short ride together, and I think I finally have found a passion for mountain biking.  I just needed a $5,000 bike to get on in order to enjoy it.  So we went for a fairly tame ride (in her standards) and I had a few brushes with disaster, once where I fell off the downhill side on a steep slope and jumped clear in time to run down the slope and another where I ran the pedals into a tree while trying to make it through.  Compared to surfing, the consequences of trying to squeeze into a small barrel are worse.
I did a small jump as well, and after some practice, I think it looks all right.  I'll see if I can get that to post....

After visiting for a little while and hiding from the huge smoke billowing all over, I headed to the coast and to Moss Landing, where I found my favorite little otters slinking along the beach.
 They don't like to walk, and one was just pushing itself forward and skidding on the sand.  Then we (I had picked my friend Lindsey up at the airport) went to the Monterey bay Aquarium and looked at Jelleyfish and all sorts of things.
 I'd been to this before with Danny, but it was worth a second visit.  Well, not quite worth 50 bucks a piece, but we managed to find someone who got us in for 30 each.  I think its worth the 30.
 We tried to go down Big Sur after that, but the coast was not clear.  There was a big landslide and it hasn't been fixed, so we drove around it and went back north to look at Elephant Seals.
 This one looks like it got bit by cookie cutter sharks!
 We camped at a secret spot in San Simeon and awoke to the clucking of California Quail!
 From there we went to Morro Bay and found some more otters, up close like...
 And to Pismo Beach for some Butterflies.
 Then to Jeremy's place and a short play with his kids before going to the Salton Sea!
 And then crossing into Mexico.  It was so hot it was hard to take a lot of photos, but we went down to San Felipe and over to the west coast again.
 And saw a road runner!  It didn't go Beep Beep.
 Also found some weird Jellies that are blue and I don't know the type.... Do you?
 And then I had a kiting lesson.  I was taking some pictures of this kite boarder and he liked them and offered me a lesson in return.  We just flew the kite and he is a professional teacher in La Ventana, so it was a good lesson.
 Here is a picture of him ripping it up.
 Then we went further south to the area around La Paz and Cabo, and went up a river and found lots of little frogs and some waterfalls!
 and these cool trees that sort of melt around the rocks.
 The trip was a great success, and I had a great time surfing and playing around.  Lindsey flew out to work in Antarctica and I took the ferry across to Mazatlan and then drove to Altair and now am trying to get put into the water so I can go surfing some more.  It is very hot and very humid, as I write this I am sweating like someone is spraying me with a hose.  I am soaked and dripping and still too hot.  I can't wait to get swimming.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

End of Season 2017

 Ok, so this post is gigantic, and I'm sorry.  I didn't get internet for a while, so this is a sort of total last of the season picture post.  I'm also working on a video, to come out a little later.
I saw my first ever Kestrel in Alaska, this one was in Beartrack Cove, in Glacier Bay National Park.  I went for a cool shore/meadow walk up the left side of the beartrack river and found really nice short new growth spruce forest, the kind that comes from glacial rebound and is super easy to walk in.  I'd like to go further up this river some time.
 We also found some brown bears in Tidal Inlet
 And this is a view of Reid Glacier as we came by it.
 We also got a pair of wolves up near Margerie glacier, and this one was jumping over the river.
 After a night anchored in Russell Cut we had a spendid morning sunrise
 complete with reflection

 And then at Bartlett Cove we had a grouse visit
 as well as some Sandhill Cranes.
 We went to Hidden Falls and the bears were in full force
 eating coho salmon
 and looking pretty
 And everything brown was looking cute.  This is a mink.
 Then I kayaked in the Magoun Islands and found some Black Turnstones
 And a pair of Harlequin Ducks (females) that let me get close.
 and closer. 
Then we were in Sitka, got new folks and looked for whales on our new trip.
 And found some deer.
 and I did a cool hike in Florence Bay, up a small creek and through a muskeg to a nice lily pond.
 We went to Hidden Falls again, I did a hatchery tour
 And found some bear cubs!
 The bears were pretty happy, but still jostling for position
 and getting big Cohos still.
 And a few were just lounging around.  This one has a big scar on his face.
 From there we went to Glacier Bay, and I got a squirrel eating a cone
 And on a kayak up the Beartrack River, I found some American Wigeons
 These ones are my favorite picture.
 Margerie at sunrise was nice
 With otters on the ice
 And a Cinnamon Teal
 At South Marble Island the Sea Lions were looking pretty
 And we got a few Horned Puffins
 And then overnight, a Fork Tailed Storm-Petrel landed on the boat and stayed a while.
 At the Inian Islands we got a closer look at the Sea Lions
 And an otter that didn't want to get his paws wet.
 He swam all around us but kept his paws out of the water.
 And here is a look at some Ancient Murrlet's wings.
From there, we got to Juneau, turned around and headed for Ketchikan.  We saw a few Harlequin Ducks roaming around.
 And in Windham Bay I saw a Porcupine on the beach.  I was kayaking and got this little fuzzy hairball shot.
 And some Long Billed Dowichers, roaming a tidal flat.
 With some more Black Turnstones aflutter.
 Then on the last day, in Misty Fjords (Walker Cove) I did a kayak up the fjord and had a nice close look at a kingfisher.
 And a brown bear walked along a river with me.  It was a nice season
 As we got set to depart the boat I got a group photo of everyone.
Now that we are done, they have all become pirates....