Almost two weeks ago, I was notified the Vogue Knitting Destination trip to Koigu Wool Designs was cancelled due to an unfortunate personal circumstance suffered by the Landra family. I wish Kersti Landra a speedy recovery.
With a last minute change of my schedule…We were able to celebrate my husband’s birthday with an impromptu trip to the coast for a couple of days. What we witnessed words cannot describe, we were part of something amazing. Due to the warmer waters of El Nino, an abundant food supply exists for the whales, dolphins, sea otters and sea lions, and birds. I have never experienced such an awesome show of marine life.
Pelicans, Cormorants, Sea Gulls and diving birds were everywhere.
Sea Otters and pods of Dolphins cruised by for the abundant supply of food.
Of course, the unique and unusual also appeared.
I’ve taken many pictures over the years, but this candid shot of my husband is one of my favorites.
The end of a beautiful day on the beach.
Time for the celebratory Happy Birthday dinner at Cafe Rio.
I’ve always called the glass I find at the beach “sea glass.” On occasion, acquaintances have referred to “beach glass.” I didn’t know there is a difference between sea glass and beach glass. Sea glass comes from salt water and beach glass comes from fresh water. The difference in ph balance and action or lack of wave action alters the appearance of the glass. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_glass
Check out the home page of the North American Sea Glass Association for information and beautiful pictures of glass. http://www.seaglassassociation.org/index.html
I’ve actually found a couple of marbles and noticed one is a tiger’s eye. Green glass dominated my most recent visit to the beach, along with a piece of pottery.
After I finished knitting Adorn Thyself, (blog post dated April 2, 2015), I went shopping for more beads. I found strands of recycled glass beads. Should I knit another bracelet or string a necklace?
It was time for a mini-getaway. A chance to unwind and regenerate. An opportunity to visit two of our favorite restaurants. Time to experience solitary moments of peace and quiet. While beach combing, sifting through grains of sand looking for the perfect piece of sea glass, I did not expect to find a smiling face staring back at me. I’m sure we’ve all looked at clouds and identified something familiar or seen religious figures on toast, but to actually see a smiling human face in a fossil shell took my breath away. In one solitary moment, it felt good to have a face smile back at me. Human face processing or (face pareidolia) continues to be studied. I found quite a bit of sea glass too, but nothing can compare to a smiling face.
Two days ago, I decided to deactivate my Facebook and disengage from the Twitterati. Why do these two decisions deserve such attention? Well, why should the fact that I still own a “clam shell style” cell phone define me as not current with technology or put me in a particular age demographic? Just out of curiosity, I went to a 2004 edition of Merriam-Webster Dictionary to look up the definition of twitter n…1: a slight agitation of the nerves 2: a small tremulous intermittent noise (as made by a swallow) 3: a light chattering. I also looked up social media’s definition of Twitter just for kicks, which basically uses the same definition. I’ve realized I want more. I am not interested in a surface level agitation of my nerves or a conversation consisting of a limited number of characters.
This is what matters to me.
For Mother’s Day, my husband I decided to leave the city behind for sand and surf. We spent two sand-filled days at Aptos, CA. We were able to get last minute reservations at Rio Sands Hotel located a block from the beach.
Dinner our first evening consisted of fresh grilled fish and a dessert of coconut cheescake co-mingled with a wonderful bottle of wine at Cafe Rio. We lunched at Pixie Delicatessen on Pesto Chicken and Southwestern Sandwiches. The fresh rotissere chicken, melted cheese on a warm toasted french roll was such a treat!
We walked all day through the surf and sand searching for sea glass. Unexpectedly, we found an assortment of sand dollars. We came upon a live purple sand dollar with barnacles on its back. As the tide came in, I tossed it back into the surf.
I was quite fascinated by the sand sculpture along the beach, and was amazed the respect shown to the sculptor. The sculptures constructed of driftwood were left intack. Of course, the tide may predict otherwise. Searching for sea glass requires a trained eye and one not distracted by all the beautiful rocks along the way. I was so excited to find blue glass, which is a special find, according to a friend of mine that lives in Aptos.
After our final day of beachcombing, we had dinner at Manuel’s, a local Mexican restaurant. There are no words to describe Manuel’s…Fun, atmosphere and good food reside in this world of cultural flavor. Two sangrias later, my husband and I discussed our next adventure to Fort Bragg’s Sea Glass Beach. What a lovely end to a beautiful weekend.