The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever ~Jacques Cousteau~

Once in a while I like to take a stroll in the cold sea water. Earlier today, the water at Baker beach was a nice warm 59 degrees and the air temperature, a balmy 67. Karl The Fog was draping the Golden Gate Bridge in a lovely shade of gray. To put it bluntly, it was a very beautiful time by the shore.

Only a wee bit of the Golden Gate Bridge is visible
Only a wee bit of the Golden Gate Bridge is visible

I thought the weather was great and I wore a short sleeved t-shirt. However, it was cool enough that you could tell the tourists from the locals.

Beach b

I watched a seagull wading in the surf and then flapping away.

Beach c

Beach d

Then my phone went off. I usually turn it off when I’m out, but I forgot. Then I realized it was Lastech who was watching from the parking lot up above. I answered to hear him giving me a “fins in the water” alert. The bottlenose dolphins were out romping.

Beach g

Beach e

Beach f

It was amazing to watch them. I wish I had been faster with the camera, but I did better than the last time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for some bonus pics. We were on our way home and we stopped at a red light. We were right next to the freeway. I saw movement to my right and saw a hawk land on the ground just on the other side of the chain link fence. It was less than ten feet away.

Hawk a

Hawk b

Hawk c

To be honest, I never know what I’m going to see when we go out. I’m always amazed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anniversary adventures: up in “our” grill

On March 19th, we celebrated our tenth anniversary. Ok, we didn’t actually. Poor Lastech caught an evil cold, so we postponed it. I didn’t mind and it wouldn’t have been a celebration if he wasn’t feeling well. As a result, we went out last Thursday. We divided our celebration into two parts and this was the first day.

We weren’t planning much for that day, but we had an ice chest with food and went out to grill some of our favorites. We originally planned on going to a lovely spot on the Marin Headlands, but it was closed for renovation. Instead, we explored the headlands for a while, clouds and bird watching before returning to The City to do our grilling at Baker Beach. We grilled carne asada, zucchini, mushrooms and a few bratwurst. We made tacos and had a very pleasant time.

We then took a trip to the arboretum to see what wildflowers might be blooming as it’s that time of year. It was lovely and we found azaleas, ferns and wisteria blooming. We also came across an old friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, it was our old friend the hawk. We also watched a young couple walking around the arboretum. Both were so intent on their phones that they never saw the hawk. I don’t mind technology, but I would never want to be so unaware of the beauty that surrounds me. To be so close to a hawk is not a moment to be wasted. I’m simply amazed that it has happened so many times now.

The next day we went hiking on Angel Island and that will be the next post.

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Beach birdies

The last time we went to Baker Beach, we saw a few birds. I don’t know what they were…maybe sanderlings? I took a long time to post these as I was trying to identify them. Maybe one of you will know.ย They were fun to watch at any rate.

beach birds
Beach birds looking for food in between waves. by Rudha-an
beach birds
Beach birds in flight by Lastech

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Sunset over the Pacific

As usual, the weather has provided us with some stunning sunsets. It’s not quite as common in the summer because of the fog, but when it’s mostly clear, it’s beautiful. Here are a few photos from Baker Beach.

Kayaking off Baker Beach at Sunset
Looking out over the Golden Gate
Reflection in the sand
Returning home
Land’s End

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A Marvelous Monday at Baker Beach

Ok, ok, maybe your Monday isn’t marvelous. You gotta give me brownie points for trying though.

Lately we’ve been exploring beaches. Our previous trip took us to Ocean Beach. This time we went to Baker Beach which is SSW of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was cold, but that didn’t stop us from walking in the surf. It was a glorious morning with porpoise and happy dogs and beach art.

Baker Beach
Early morning at Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge is shrouded in fog. Barely visible is a fisherman on the rocks.

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