One of the things I like about going to my friend's place in Cambria is that we walk a lot. There are several boardwalks (literally) on either side of town that meander along the coastline and through the woods that making walking easy. Otherwise the paths are generally wide and well groomed.
On Saturday we did the short walk along Moonstone Beach to Leffingwell Landing and just a bit beyond and then returned. I didn't take my camera with me on that jaunt but the ocean on that day was very calm with a wide array of blues and greens.
On Sunday we drove up to William Randolph Hearst State Memorial Beach and walked up on the spit of land that juts out into the ocean. I got a good picture or two there.
On Monday we went to the San Simeon State Park and did a little birdwatching at the beach before we headed for the trail.
I'm not positive of the id's of these birds but I think they are:
great blue heronmallard ducks (male and female)
western sandpiper (even though there is a plover breeding ground right there the beak seems too long for a plover)red breasted merganser
red shouldered hawk
Like I said, we aren't 100 percent sure so if anyone knows better please tell me so I can make a correction.
After looking at the birds we headed for the trail and ended up going the wrong way. We wound up in the campground and had to back track to the beach. While we were heading back I got a little bit excited. I saw a flash of something scurrying into the dense brush and the first thing I could think of popped out of my mouth. "JAGUAR!" Okay, I knew it wasn't a jaguar or a mountain lion but I also knew it wasn't a feral housecat. Sure enough, it soon peeked back out on the other side.
It's kind of hard to see it here but it's a bobcat!
That sighting really made my day.
One of the pictures I forgot to post yesterday was this intrepid squirrel at the house. He'll do whatever it takes to get his breakfast.
I had a great time at the beach this past weekend. It was very relaxing and hopefully I won't have to wait too long before we go again!