Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!

When I last posted I was dealing with snow and ice and it was questionable if I would make it out of Portola to Reno and then over the hill to Pacific Grove.  I made it back to Reno in anticipation of getting a very early start the next morning.  Well, that didn't work.  I woke of to several inches of new snow and lots of ice.  The news broad casters were urging everyone to stay off the roads due to treacherous ice.  There had been 14 accident in a two mile stretch, the one corridor I had to go through, so I decided to wait it out and not leave until much later in the morning.

I arrived at the Monterey Elks Club much later than I had hoped, but at least the parking lot wasn't real busy yet.  The weather turned absolutely gorgeous...clear blue skies with no wind.  The recent storms sure kicked up the surf though.  The breakers along Asilomar Beach State Park were huge.

The storm had washed up some ugly monsters...

New Years Eve day, my old high school buddies and I got together and joined in on a tour of the Elkhorn Slough on a large pontoon boat.  Elkhorn slough is located adjacent to the little fishing community of Moss Landing on the Monterey Bay.    This is something I have wanted to do for ages in a kayak, but you have to time the paddling just right or you end up paddling against the wind and tide when returning, and the timing or weather has never been right.  The pontoon method of transportation sounded a lot warmer for this time of year.  The tour left about 9:00 and took about two hours.  The day was absolutely perfect with clear blue skies and no wind..although a bit cool.  I was amazed at the amount of wildlife I saw. (Here is a link to more on the Elkhorn Slough

Below are my old friends Jennifer and Wayne in front and Kitty and Denny in the back.  Kitty and I have know each since we were four years old.  Jennifer was my maid of honor in my wedding so we go way, way back. Nell, Kitty, Jennifer, Wayne and I all went to the same high school and have remained dear friends and have kept in touch all these years. They are more like family.
 Below is Nell, (she arranged the Safari) and her husband Tom.  Thanks you guys.
Moss Landing Harbor with the Moss Landing power plant stacks in the back ground.  The plant is run by natural gas and supplies power to the Monterey Peninsula and Santa Cruz.

Below is a very rare sighting of a raft of sea otters.  Sea otters frequent the slough.  They have been on the endangered species list for a long time but are making a come back.  The lay on their back with their paws in the air because their paws are not covered with insulating fur like the rest of their bodies, so they keep their paws warm by sticking them out of the water. When they find shell fish to eat (like clams or abalone) they lay on their backs and use their paws and a tool, like a rock or some other object, to pry open the shell.  Very clever.  We saw over 75 otter on our tour.

This guy found something else to pry his meal open with. (actually this was a copy of a picture)

The slough and harbor is also full of sea lions and harbor seals.  They were really enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Let's many seals can we get on the boat ramp.....

This blue heron is all puffed up trying to keep warm.  It was a little chilly out side.
 We also saw lots of snowy egrets
 and more seals out sunning themselves.
 They Terns were all perfectly lined up.

This otter decided he was going to follow the Kayakers

Emily, our naturalist on board did an excellent job if describing the difference between a sea lion and harbor seal, but I still can't remember which is which other than the harbor seal is often more spotted in color.
And then there was the lone paddle boarder.  What a great day for that, although I think it might have been just a tad cold if he fell in the water.

Happy New Year to everyone, and may the coming New Year bring many new and exciting adventures to everyone.

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