Today is Olive’s last day at the beach this year. The weather is incredible and she has been so happy being in the water almost every day.
We bought her this green flying saucer type thing which really soars on a windy day. She swims out to get it and then comes right back.
Except yesterday when Cris was playing with her. Olive paddled out to the saucer and then started to swim out a bit farther into the ocean. Cris couldn’t figure out what was going on, and then spotted dolphin fins. Olive must have sensed them as well. It is hard to know what kind of interaction there would have been if she hadn’t come right back when called. You would like to think that it would have ended in a nice “Flipper-like” scenario with lots of cavorting and intra-mammal bonding, but you never know.
Thanks to Bob and Kath for having us in the house again this year, and it is so great that they have been here for the latter part of our stay. Heading back North tomorrow.
Due to the great generosity of my brother and sister in law, we are back at the beach for a bit. Olive is thrilled.
Happy New Year to you all.
It is wonderful to come to a place in the month of January where wild plants are still flowering. In all our miles of walking the beach, this was the only blossom we have seen.
Anyone out there have any idea what plant this is?
We are up in Maine for a few days. The Christmas tree came down earlier today and some of the stars fell off on the way out of the house.
Cris, Olive, and I had a lovely walk on Higgins Beach just before the sun went down.
I’ll try to post before the New Year, but if I don’t get the chance, happy end of 2015 to all of you, and best for 2016
We went to Huntington Beach today. Lots of reasons to go, including the Purina Proplan Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regional competition. Yesterday was the dog surfing, which I am really sorry we missed, but today was the “dogs leaping into water competition”, which I have always wanted to see live. It was great, and there were tons of dogs there just hanging out.
Including this guy just chillin’ in the bleachers.
I got a chocolate milkshake at the Ruby’s at the end of the pier.
It is always nice to look down at the surfers.
It was nice and cool in the shade of the pier.
We then walked down the beach for a couple of miles. Lots of people, very diverse and interesting, and the water was so clear and refreshing. I haven’t taken my shoes off and walked in the Pacific for a very long time.
I was walking on the beach today at low tide and saw this piece of plant that had washed up sometime earlier in the day. A pretty perfect “S”, and I thought that it could be the start of a collection of naturally occurring letters. A few minutes later, I saw this “C”.
Well, I thought, another one for the collection. And then, this “J”.
I ended up walking about 5 miles on the beach, looking for letters.
This “U” is nice with the leaves still attached; sort of like the “S”.
I’m calling this one ↑ an “I”
Nice to have found an “L”. So useful at times.
It might be stretching it a bit to call the one above a “G”, but hey, it works for me.
No question though, this is a lovely “F”
This one came pretty close to being a “Q”, but an “O” is much more useful (although we did have a “U” to go with the “Q”).
This is just barely a “W”, and it even has a little flower attached.
And finally, this somewhat stylized “T”.
I am a pretty lame Scrabble player, but I try to do the Times crossword everyday. As I was walking back from the beach I thought it might be nice to see how many words could be made from these letters. S C J U I L G F O W T. It is a good mix of vowels and consonants. If you want to join in, post your words in the comments section.
I am wishing all of you a fantastic, productive, and peaceful 2015. Cheers, Jon
Due to the wonderful generosity of my brother and sister-in-law, we are back at the beach in South Carolina. This is Olive’s first visit to the ocean.
She took to it like a champ. Full blast, right into the water and ran like the wind. Here she is during her first encounter with a horseshoe crab. Initially she was cautious, but after a minute she just barked at it until we lured her away with biscuits. She is really becoming a great dog.
We took the ferry to Block Island today. This evening we walked down to Mansion Beach. Cris has a knack for finding the most amazing things on beaches. She found an iPhone once in South Carolina.
Tonight she found this.
And then she found the box it came in.
It appears to be some kine of weather device that was attached to a balloon.
Here’s the code number.
It’s in the back of the car now.
Here’s a sand castle about to disappear.
Heading back North tomorrow. We had time for one last walk on the beach today, but had to bail. Very odd conditions. Foggy, misty, windy, and loud from the roar of the surf. It was very disorientating and made walking difficult. It was hard to stay balanced and the conditions made us both a bit dizzy. Went for a long walk away from the beach and it was nice. Had a bit of a thunderstorm late this afternoon to cap it all off.
Happy 2014 to you all.