It has been quite some time since I took a little vacation in Nature. Not just because of COVID. The last two springs, wildflowers have not been extensive. In fact, it felt almost like Nature had been holding her breath and waiting for the world to get back to normal—like everyone else.
Last week, I finally decided I really needed to get out and about. My car was in good shape, I was fully vaccinated, and the state was slowly opening back to business as usual. I drove to Monterey, CA, just to spend some time enjoying the ocean—and maybe seeing some flowers and redwoods too.
The hotel offered some pretty flowers around the grounds.
My first goal was to take a drive along State Route 9 to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. My review of online information suggested the park was accessible, even if camping was not an option. However, the drive was beleaguered by extensive construction delays that eventually closed access to the park itself. I did see a few glimpses of the forest area from the road, including some evidence of the fire that wracked the area not long ago.
The best part of this trip was enjoying the power and beauty of the ocean.
This Great Blue Heron welcomed me early in the day.
This Black Oystercatcher was hanging out on the rocks. It took me a minute to notice him out there.
Of course, across from the coast there were hills and flowers–and even some Mule Deer that refused to pose.
As usual, Cormorants hang out on Bird Rock, along with an occasional Brown Pelican. The Pelicans were flying by all afternoon, but they refused to alight anywhere and pose.
California Gulls were around as well.
The ocean views and crashing waves are always wondrous and mesmerizing.
The sunset was glorious too.
Nature always brings me peace, a spiritual connection with all of life.