Home of the Sea Wolf

26 May

A bunch of us recently took a day trip to Point Lobos for Melynda’s birthday. I am all about day trips and someday I want to spend a summer devoted to them. I’ve decided to sum up this particular trip with bullet-point factoids.

  • After the previous weekend’s disastrous day trip we decided not to bring Isobel with us. Instead she went with Grandma Livia and Papa Doug to the Chocolate Festival where it was at least 85 degrees. We coated her in a protective swath of sunscreen first.
  • Before we left we took two portraits of everybody on the stairwell. Everyone’s in the portrait except Justy and me. (Oh and Scott met us at the Point so he’s not in it, either.) I got a shot of Justy later on to compensate.
  • This is the first trip we’ve taken to Monterey in recent years wherein Anthony and I did not get lost. This might have something to do with the fact that this was our view the whole way there:

stef’s car’s butt
  • For those of you with romantic notions about California, the photo below is what much of my area looks like. Try not to be too jealous!

  • Driving to Monterey still took almost four hours because we stopped at Casa de Fruta, a large touristy area with a large candy store and other roadside attractions for the weary traveller. I bought a bag of caramel corn and regretted it an hour or so later after I finished the whole thing in one sitting. Bleh.

Casa de Lollipop

Casa de Couple

Casa de Husbands
  • We met my dear friend Zack’s significant other Heidi for the first time. She is awesome. I felt like I already knew her since we hang out  on the internets. It was wonderful to meet her and person and even better to see Zack so happy.

  • Having fun with Dave and Stef was bittersweet as they are packing up their cats and books and moving to Reno in a few weeks. Something about Stef finishing school to get her doctorate or some such nonsense. I’m so proud of her. This has been in the works for years but I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that it’s actually happening. It makes me a little teary. I’m so happy she’s on Twitter now.

  • Point Lobos has that rugged coastal California beauty that’s a combination of windswept piney forest and clear glistening tide pool, moody clouded skies and fresh saline breezes. Which is to say I loved it. California is so beautiful my love only grows stronger over time.

  • The word “lobos” is Spanish for “wolf,” but the wolves in question at Point Lobos are actually sea lions. Or sea wolves. Whichever you prefer. They hang out in droves all along the point. I love them and don’t mind their barking noise.

  • We meandered from tide pool to tide pool and took a quick hike through the trees. I took lots of breaks throughout the day and lagged far behind everyone else. I had doubled up on my Crohn’s meds in preparation but I still had to take it easy.

  • Justin Brown spent a lot of time climbing to inconvenient places recording ocean noises to sample in his music. At the lagoon he crawled into a cave which apparently had great acoustics. It also was an ideal spot for the tide to come in! More than a few of us got wet feet from a surprise wave or two but Anthony was the only person who thought to bring extra shoes and socks.

  • We found a totally secret lagoon that humans have never visited before ever. Just us! The only ones! Ever! We wandered around there for about a half an hour skipping rocks and recording sounds and exploring before some lady’s head popped out of nowhere and started asking us about directions. So much for our secluded, pristine lagoon. That lady scared the crap outta me.

  • Anthony really loves climbing on dangerous, slippery rocks. And giving me heart attacks.

  • While we ate our picnic lunch we watched two seagulls courting. One caught a fish and gave it to the other one. I have never seen seagulls behave that way and around here they are sometimes referred to as ‘greedy bastards.’ As in, ‘that greedy bastard is stealing your lunch!’ It was quite a surprise to catch a seagull in an altruistic act. We were pretty sure it was horny. The subject of Isabella Rosselini came up.

  • We stayed late at the beach because the overcast day meant the light hardly changed at all and we lost track of time. Or at least I did. I don’t know if that’s everyone’s excuse but I didn’t notice the hours going by till it was almost eight. Ravenous and cold, we called around to find a restaurant that would accommodate eleven hungry beach goers. Melynda arranged reservations at a nice restaurant on the wharf. We were lucky to get a table since there were so many of us, it was a Saturday night in a touristy city, and to top it all off, it was Prom season. Our table was excellent, right on the water and far enough away from formal-clad adolescents.
  • I had been fighting a migraine all day. Instead of taking my prescription meds for it I tried to amble along on Excedrin. Imitrex can make me very sleepy and I didn’t want to miss a minute of the fun so I suffered through on Excedrin. Stupid choice, me! By dinner I could barely move and had to bust out the big guns. I was better by the time my food arrived but it was a really crappy way to end a lovely day. Speaking of food, I ordered scallop risotto. Heaven.
  • I was feeling so ill at dinner I only got one photo. Enjoy my ridiculous husband posing with bottled water.

Big Pimpin'

8 Responses to “Home of the Sea Wolf”

  1. TheRedQueen May 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Awesome. Wish I could have been there.

    • LittleBig May 27, 2010 at 7:46 am #

      We totally wished you guys could have been there. 😦 We talked about you all day.

  2. Jose May 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Simply spectacular. I too share a great love for California. Here’s to more trips in the near future! Your pictures are great and as usual I’m so envious but so glad you had a good time 🙂

    • LittleBig May 27, 2010 at 7:46 am #

      I’m looking forward to more day trips where you guys come along.

  3. Marie May 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I love California too. (My parents are in LA and my brother in SF) When you say “California” to non-Americans they think of Hollywood, breast implants and cheesy stuff, but to me California means this kind of place. So much natural beauty! This is so similar to a day out I would have with my friends here in NZ. We often bundle into a couple of cars or a van and drive out to a secluded beach (of which we have many with such a small population) or to the bush or a volcano and just hang around walking, eating and talking. Interesting to know the same thing is happening on the other side of the Pacific.

    • LittleBig June 7, 2010 at 8:38 am #

      That kind of trip is just about my favorite ever.

  4. WS June 7, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    Yeah and next we’ll be debating oil spills! 🙂

    • LittleBig June 8, 2010 at 9:06 am #

      Really not sure how one would go about debating with an oil spill.

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