Tuesday, January 16, 2018
In the first picture, zoom way in and you'll see the bill, like a tern, and the funny long tail. This shot shows the wings a little better.
Unfortunately I was not the only one looking to surf at El Faro. This morning as I woke up I found there was a boat on the beach out there. We went to look and I got this picture.
I don't know the people on board, but some folks know the boat that has been in mexico for a long time, but might have been sold last year to a new family. I hope they manage to get the boat afloat again, but it was really high up the beach.
There's big surf coming and my dad is going to come in a week, so 2018 is looking good.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The next morning we moved over to the west side of the island, a place I had never anchored before, but we found a nice sandy spot and dropped the hook and then went for a short hike to look at the birds.
So after that we picked up the hook and sailed south into the coming sunset and arrived back in Bandaras Bay the next morning. It was a tiring time with waves and no wind but a fun trip.
In other news, the surfing has been pretty fun. I've spent a lot of time in the water and feel really good about surfing. I'm getting better with my cut back turn and feel good about throwing a lot of spray at the top of the wave.
I'll be back in Bellingham for the next week for christmas and then hopefully there will be more waves to catch!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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.
Monday, October 2, 2017
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.
Then we were in Sitka, got new folks and looked for whales on our new trip.
From there, we got to Juneau, turned around and headed for Ketchikan. We saw a few Harlequin Ducks roaming around.