I’ll try not to be boring up in here…

Lots going on.  I’ll keep you abreast of all new developments in the book department, travel, etc. as they happen.

I sure wish I was better at holiday posts since it is holiday season, but the truth is I suck at holiday posts.  I do have some cooking/baking plans – I’ve got an entire lemon tree to harvest which means an incredible amount of lemon curd.  Perhaps I’ll chronicle the saga in pictures.

I missed Hanukkah altogether.  Got some latkes to catch up on as well.

And poor Jake needs some major attention.

It’s very difficult to leave a sensitive dog behind.  This particular sensitive dog goes on a hunger strike whenever we’re gone.  He’s skin and bones, again.

But yes, we had a lovely time in Monterey.  We cooked together, played games together, walked on the beach together, rescued a diablo rojo (Humboldt squid) who had beached himself, paid an early morning visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to feed the fish and the bat rays.  I love petting bat rays.


We watched dolphins play in the surf outside our beach house… counted whales near Big Sur – we saw at least twenty gray whales, maybe more.  Encountered many harbor seals, sea lions and a surprising number of sea otters.  We passed a large gathering of males and half dozen single females while kayaking in Elkhorn Slough, one female had a pup on her chest.

I would have taken more photos but we’d already ruined one cell phone in the high surf.  The tides were something to behold.  California was experiencing King Tides while we were there – very high tides.

This photo of the backside of the aquarium doesn’t even show the highest tide – their tide pool was completely invisible beneath the high surf.  And hubby and I were nearly washed away while walking on the beach – the waves reached way up the sea wall and we happened to be right next to it with nowhere to go.  Scary…



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12 Responses to I’ll try not to be boring up in here…

  1. Wow. I’d love to get some pics of sea otters. And yes, poor Jake. They just hate being left boarding or whatever. Give him a cuddle from me. Or maybe a nice T bone.

  2. I love sea otters, Greta – when we pushed off in our kayaks a large female was curled up sound asleep on the dock. The otters were all in the slough as a storm was coming in and the tides were so high. It’s very protected back there. We also kayaked over beds of sand dollars. Don’t know if you have them there. Jake has been eating nonstop since we brought him home – after crying for 24 hours straight.

  3. Great pictures, Julia. Sounds like a perfect getaway…except for poor Jake.
    When my mom goes on a mini-hunger strike, they supplement her meals with high protein Ensure. She likes chocolate (mixed with ice cream), but since dogs shouldn’t have chocolate, you might try strawberry. That’ll teach you to leave him behind…when he upchucks his Ensure into your shoes!
    I’m glad you had a good trip and precious family time together.

  4. Amber Skyze says:

    More wonderful pictures. :)

  5. Katalina Leon says:

    I can’t believe you managed to photograph some sunshine last, our King tides came with non-stop cloud and cold drizzle.
    I love those otters, so cute.
    XXOO Kat

  6. Sandra Cox says:

    It sounds like paradise. Glad you had a wonderful time. Welcome back, my friend.

  7. Poor Jake. I’ll bet he’s glad you’re home. Thanks for the pictures. The vacation must have been wonderful.

  8. I love that aquarium. It’s the best thing I found there and petting the rays is amazing. Plus all the birds flying. Thanks for sharing that.

  9. Hi all – so sorry for the slow responses. I’m still running around like a chicken with my head cut off – catching up and preparing for another trip to help my parents. Yes, Kat, those tides were really something. The weather in Monterey was nice. Back home it’s been freezing!

  10. Penelope says:

    I’m glad you had such a great trip. Hope Jakey is feeling less anxious today.

  11. Tom Stronach says:

    Absolutely nothin wrong with this holiday post, fantastic pics and descriptions, jealous again xxxx