|Best of Show winner in the 2014 El Dorado County Fair|
Another update! Just found out I got Best of Show on my Poppies in the Blue !! My "Hug" mushroom got a 1st, and got 1st's too, a 2nd on and 3rd on ! I tried something new this year and entered the Baking contests and earned 1st's in the two categories there also All in all a great Fair showing
I got my 2nd DD on my texture Along with an El Dorado Camera Club "Best of Show" on I'm so excited Thank you to everyone for the faves and congratulations!! My gratitude to for the suggestion and to for the award
Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday wishes! I received so many along with a few beautiful “cards” and journal wishes Thank you Edie for , and Candace , Alice , May and all the clever and charming emoticon wishes
I am a little slow in responding because and I took a flying road trip down to my home town of Santa Barbara for my birthday. I have many memories of driving the Big Sur section of Hwy 1 as a child but Caitlin has never had that thrill So we planned a full day of “gotta see” views.
We left the foothills near Lake Tahoe “early” in the morning and headed for the coast... Caitlin and I have been missing the Pacific so I had her take a quick “1st view of the Sea” shot. The fun started with a drive down the Monterey Cannery Row with a brief stop at the Monteray Bay Aquarium gift shop (we didn't have time to give the aquarium its due but did buy a couple little sea stars that will find a home somewhere on our shelves). We got a giggle from this sign but our parking meter was ticking so no investigation was done
After filling up with gas (gaack it has gotten so dang expensive ) we hit the curves. My memories include arching bridges , funky mailboxes , crashing waves against flower topped rocky cliffs and houses perched on the edge of the world with amazing views.
There is an iconic view of one of the few freshwater waterfalls that drops directly into the ocean. Caitlin and I have seen other shots of it here on deviantart and we were determined to see it for ourselves We knew the name of the falls – McWay Falls – but we neglected to write down exactly where it was as we expected there to be signs! About 15 miles past where we thought they “should” be we pulled over at one of the rare “corner” markets to ask directions. Luckily we weren't too far away so we turned around and headed back to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The trail is short, flat and easy – sadly getting down to the beach is off limits but the view of the falls and coast is worth that disappointment.
At the lower end of the cliffs, high up on the coastal mountains, is the Hearst Castle near San Simeon. That stunning place would take a couple days to explore so we knew it would have to wait for another trip. But as we were cruising along, I saw a stretch of sand that I thought was covered with odd shaped boulders. It was an Elephant Seal haul out beach!! What I had mistaken for rocks were hundreds of seals The wind was blowing, the seals were snoozing and our cameras were clicking Their shades of brown and gray were so pretty! And even with some looking like they were dressed for a zombie movie (we caught them in the middle of their spring molt) they were so cute!
What with our toodling around at McWay falls and then with the seals we were pushing dusk as we aimed for dinner in the little Danish town of Solvang. And then it happened again...what the ?!! Cait did you see those? Were those ostrich?!! In the Santa Ynez valley of California?!? HAD to turn around again and check it out and yep there were ostriches in a field!
We spent two days with my 91 year old parents, seeing my old childhood stomping grounds, visiting the Ty Warner Sea Center (where Caitlin and I volunteered for three years), played tourist on the local pier and enjoyed family. We gathered succulent clippings from my mother's garden to feed Caitlin's growing addiction. Found a weird and uncommon Walking Stick bug on the door and realized times goes way too quickly when once again we were in the car driving...this time north toward home.
We had breakfast in Solvang with a little wander around the town. Another childhood memory spot along Hwy 101 is a cove by the tiny town of Shell Beach. We stretched our legs here for an hour looking at the colorful rocks and sand and seeing a mother sea lion with her baby out sunning. We also saw several of the nesting Pigeon Guillemot high in the crevices of the cliffs.
We'd decided to take the “straightest” way home which takes you from the lush green flower decked coast across the center of the state which is a remarkably arid area! We made it before dark despite catching a little bit of 5:00 rush hour in Stockton...my husband, our cat and the chickens were as glad to see us, as we were to be home