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Sun May 4, 2014, 10:30 PM

:iconeeeeeplz: Another update!  Just found out I got Best of Show on my Poppies in the Blue Best of Show 2014 by kayaksailor !! My "Hug" mushroom got a 1st, Leaf litter by kayaksailor and Bright spot by kayaksailor got 1st's too, a 2nd on Window glass by kayaksailor and 3rd on Color climb by kayaksailor!  I tried something new this year and entered the Baking contests and earned 1st's in the two categories there also :blush:  All in all a great Fair showing :love:

:w00t: I got my 2nd DD on my texture  Rock Print by kayaksailor  Along with an El Dorado Camera Club "Best of Show" on Hug by kayaksailor  I'm so excited :heart:  Thank you to everyone for the faves and congratulations!!  My gratitude to :iconmercurycode: for the suggestion and to :iconcelticstrm-stock: for the award :iconsomeredhearts:

Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday wishes! I received so many along with a few beautiful “cards” and journal wishes :blowkiss: Thank you Edie :icon1001g: for Happy Birthday Ruth by 1001G, and Candace :icondove-51: For Ruth by dove-51, Alice :iconladyaliceofoz:, May :iconmayebony: and all the clever and charming emoticon wishes :love:

I am a little slow in responding because :iconcaitiekabob: 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 :D 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. First view of the Pacific by kayaksailor The fun started with a drive down the Monterey Cannery Row Cannery Row by kayaksailor with a brief stop at the Monteray Bay Aquarium gift shop Monterey Bay Aquarium by kayaksailor Steampunk octupus by kayaksailor (we didn't have time to give the aquarium its due :( but did buy a couple little sea stars Star by kayaksailor that will find a home somewhere on our shelves). We got a giggle from this sign Optional? by kayaksailor but our parking meter was ticking so no investigation was done :D

After filling up with gas (gaack it has gotten so dang expensive :faint:) we hit the curves. My memories include arching bridges One of many by kayaksailor Another arch by kayaksailor, funky mailboxes Original Mailbox by kayaksailor, crashing waves against flower topped rocky cliffs Mustard Sea by kayaksailor Big Sur Coast by kayaksailor and houses perched on the edge of the world with amazing views. What A View by kayaksailor Coastal View by kayaksailor

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 :love: We knew the name of the falls – McWay Falls – McWay Falls Big Sur another view by kayaksailor but we neglected to write down exactly where it was :no::blush: 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. McWay Falls Big Sur by kayaksailor Dressed in blue by kayaksailor 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. McWay Fall by Caitiekabob McWay Falls Big Sur again by kayaksailor

At the lower end of the cliffs, high up on the coastal mountains, is the Hearst Castle Castle on the hill by kayaksailor 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, Birds In Flight by kayaksailor I saw a stretch of sand that I thought was covered with odd shaped boulders. Haul out by kayaksailor It was an Elephant Seal haul out beach!! What I had mistaken for rocks were hundreds of seals :love: The wind was blowing, the seals were snoozing and our cameras were clicking :laughing: Their shades of brown and gray were so pretty! And even with some looking like they were dressed for a zombie movie Zombie smile by kayaksailor (we caught them in the middle of their spring molt) they were so cute! FIIIIIIIIGHT by Caitiekabob I'm louder by kayaksailor Flinging sand by kayaksailor

We continued down Hwy 1 past Moro Bay with its monolith Moro Rock Moro rock by kayaksailor, Onto the 101 through San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Buellton...

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? Ostrich in California? by kayaksailor Were those ostrich?!! In the Santa Ynez valley of California?!? HAD to turn around again and check it out and yep :nod: Ostrich Sign by kayaksailor there were ostriches in a field! :laughing:

Solvang would have to wait for our return trip home...except for a couple snaps :D Solvang Silhouette by kayaksailor

We spent two days with my 91 year old parents, seeing my old childhood stomping grounds, visiting the Ty Warner Sea Center Sea Stuff by Caitiekabob sea center display by kayaksailor Shark egg by kayaksailor (where Caitlin Shark petting by kayaksailor and I volunteered for three years), played tourist Playing tourist by kayaksailor Pelican splash down by kayaksailor For Alice by kayaksailor on the local pier and enjoyed family. We gathered succulent clippings clippings by kayaksailor from my mother's garden to feed Caitlin's growing addiction. Found a weird and uncommon Walking Stick bug stick bug by kayaksailor on the door :faint: and realized times goes way too quickly when once again we were in the car driving...this time north toward home.

We had breakfast Breakfast by kayaksailor in Solvang Solvang by Cait by kayaksailor with a little wander around the town. Another childhood memory spot along Hwy 101 is a cove by the tiny town of Shell Beach. Shell beach cliff by kayaksailor Shell Beach Stairs by kayaksailor We stretched our legs here for an hour looking at the colorful rocks Rocks by kayaksailor Rocks and sand by kayaksailor Rock Print by kayaksailor and sand and seeing a mother sea lion Mama and baby by kayaksailorwith her baby out sunning. We also saw several of the nesting Pigeon Guillemot high in the crevices of the cliffs. Pigeon Guillemot by kayaksailor red feet by kayaksailor

We'd decided to take the “straightest” way home which takes you from the lush green flower Coastal Poppies by kayaksailor decked coast across the center of the state which is a remarkably arid area! Long Empty Drive by Caitiekabob We made it before dark despite catching a little bit of 5:00 rush hour in husband, our cat and the chickens were as glad to see us, as we were to be home :wave:

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  • Watching: hummingbirds
  • Drinking: a strawberry margarita


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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Photographer
Thanks for the fav! :hug:
Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much my friend for adding my latest feature to your favorites.

P.s. you were the friend I referenced in the beginning of my feature. :)
HarLeezPix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Dear Ruth,
  I wanted to thank you so very much for all of the :+fav:s of my work as it really means a lot coming from you!! :nod:
  Take care and many :tighthug:s upon you!!
  ~Lee :heart: :blowkiss:
WildGepard Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
You have an awesome gallery!
corniger-aries Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the :+fav:, it is much appreciated! :hug:
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:w00t: Thanks for the Fave on Wasp 07 :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
and :iconceilingcatplz::iconthanksplz: for the return watch :iconsomeredhearts:
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:giggle: cute kitty 

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