Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Sunset, Rocks - Monterey County  2015

After the deer sighting we had dinner at The Fishwife in Asilomar. We drove back to our motel on the road that loops around Monterey Bay . . . in time for me to get this sunset shot.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Deer Blogging

Deer - Monterey County  2015

Golfers - Monterey County  2015

The deer was walking on one of the greens at one of the famous Pebble Beach golf courses. Spotted us peering through some cypresses.

Golfers were seen as well.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cypress, Point Lobos

Cypress - Point Lobos  2015

We went for a short walk in Point Lobos. The actual highlight was standing on a promontory overlooking the Pacific and seeing whales spouting in the distance. Too far away, alas, even for my superzoom.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Yamaha - Monterey County  2015

We drove for a short distance going east on the Carmel Valley Road, stopped at a small village and walked around. Nothing much going on, but I did like the look of this Yamaha.

Where's a toddler when you need one?

Friday, April 17, 2015

From the Pier #2 (Pismo Beach)

Waves - Pismo Beach  2015

A sideways view, taken with the wide angle zoom lens. Compare to this earlier shot, when the sea was much rougher.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

From the Pier #1 (Pismo Beach)

Shadow, Pier - Pismo Beach  2015

Walking on Beach - Pismo Beach  2015

Once again Mike found himself at the famous Pismo Beach Pier. This time he was equipped with two cameras: an Olympus E-PL5 with a wide angle 9-18mm zoom, and an Olympus E-M10 with the superzoom 14-150mm lens . . . both dangling around his neck. Luckily, both cameras are quite lightweight so that wasn't a problem. But they did have a tendency to get tangled up. The photos above were taken with the wide angle zoom.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pismo Beach #2

Gull, Pismo Beach Hotel - Pismo Beach  2015

Cool Cat Cafe - Pismo Beach  2015

More early morning light photos taken near the ocean.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pismo Beach #1

Pismo Sign - Pismo Beach  2015

Pismo Bowl - Pismo Beach  2015

Early morning, walking towards the pier.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Marbled Godwit Blogging

Marbled Godwits - Pismo Beach  2015

Taken from the Pismo Beach pier, I.D.'d by Barbara.

Their breeding habitat is the northern prairies of western Canada-(Canadian Prairies), and the north central Great Plains, United States near marshes or ponds. They nest on the ground, usually in short grass.

In autumn, they migrate in flocks to the coasts of California, the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico and South America.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Motel Exterior - Arroyo Grande  2015
Motel Tree - Arroyo Grande  2015

Exterior of the Best Western in Arroyo Grande. Nice place, but a little difficult to get to. (Convoluted route off the freeway.) We didn't get the greatest night's sleep, but assuredly our meal at Jocko's played a part. And that latte in San Luis Obispo.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Jocko's BBQ - Nipomo  2015

Ice Cream at Jocko's - Nipomo  2015

We were here just last August. This time, like before, our steaks were great. And for dessert, vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce drizzled on top!

But you don't come to Jocko's for the dessert.

Friday, April 10, 2015

San Luis Obispo

Latte - San Luis Obispo  2015

Window Reflections - San Luis Obispo  2015

We were too early to check into our motel in Arroyo Grande, so we went up to San Luis Obispo and walked up and down Higuera St., one of "America's Best Main Streets."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

View from Botanical Garden - Santa Barbara  2015

After the insipid mall experience we drove past the Santa Barbara Mission to the botanical garden located there. Much nicer . . . we hiked a little, then ate lunch at a picnic table.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Santa Barbara

Mall #1 - Santa Barbara  2015

Mall #2 - Santa Barbara  2015

Driving north from Los Angeles we got off in Santa Barbara at the central exit off Highway 101 and parked at random. Alas, we found ourselves at a downtown mall experience. But still, the light was nice.

Note to self: next time do some research.