Today I woke up to the smell of fire, and I didn’t panic. In fact, I smiled. That’s because it wasn’t a forest fire, or a house fire that I was smelling, it was a campfire. You see, I live just a few miles away from a popular campground in a popular national forest. Smelling the campfire made me happy because I get to live in a place where people come to vacation!
I spent Memorial Day Weekend camping on the Northern California coast with a group of Venture Crew Scouts. One of whom was my daughter! Venture Crew is for high school and college age boys and girls and is a little known division of Boy Scouts. One of the things I like about Venture Crew is I get to go along and do things I wouldn’t normally do.
This trip was all about abalone diving. I wasn’t going to let the kids have all the fun, so I squeezed myself into a rented wetsuit , complete with hood, boots, and gloves. I paddled a kayak out to where the kids were diving so I could keep an eye on them. (Another adult was diving with them and showing them how to find the abalone.) While keeping one eye on the kids I was able to watch the sea lions and the harbor seals swim around and look for their dinner. I also saw pelicans, sea gulls, cormorants, and curlews. Later I jumped into the cold water and swam around a bit. I have never been in a wetsuit before and I was impressed by how it kept the cold out, and how buoyant it made me! It was great. I wouldn’t have been able to sink if I wanted to! Did a little snorkeling, and saw a lot of kelp!
The picture is of a harbor seal that was hanging out on the beach. The marine society had posted signs all around telling people to stay away. Most did, but some just had to get up close to take a look. I didn’t seem to bother the seal, but I still kept my distance. My camera has a good zoom so I was able to take some nice pictures. The seal blends in with the sand so well I don’t know if I would have seen him if it wasn’t for all the signs!
That evening we all got a lesson in cleaning abalone (be glad I didn’t have my camera then!) and had a wonderful abalone feast for dinner. The kids really enjoyed eating what they had gathered! My daughter managed to get her limit on abalone so I was able to bring some home and enjoy a second abalone feast.
Did you do anything fun over the holiday?
Litton Trail, Grass Valley, CA
(Not a Paid Post!) Today I bought myself a new camera. I didn’t need a new camera, I just wanted one. Specifically, I wanted a camera I could slip in my pocket and just take with me everywhere. I read a bunch of reviews and then just ignored them. I don’t usually indulge myself this way, but I wanted a “pocket camera” and I wanted it right now! So I went to Staples and bought a Kodak Easy Share camera because it was the cheapest small camera they had. Then I went for a walk and snapped a few pictures like the one above. I am very happy with it so far. It isn’t much bigger than my cell phone and it takes pretty decent pictures. Plus it connects to my computer and charges itself with the USB port. My old camera didn’t. The camera has a bunch of settings that I haven’t a clue how to use. Later I’ll read the manual and try to figure it all out. But for now I have everything set on auto and it seems to be working pretty well.
The downside to buying the camera is I used up all my “pocket cash”. I guess I’ll just have to give up my skinny latte’s for awhile!
I would like to ask a great big favor of you. There is a contest going on, and I would really like to win it. And you can help me. You don’t need to stumble anything, or write a blog post. I’m even willing to bribe you, just so I can win this contest.
What I need you to do, is go on over to Bloggeries Forum and register. Please be sure to use that link, or click on a red bloggeries button, so I can get credit and win the contest. Then I need you to do one more thing, please put a short post in the Intro section and be sure to mention that Kat sent you. If you do that, and you’re an Entrecard member, I’ll send you 10 Entrecard Credits!
While you are there check out the forum. In my opinion Bloggeries is the best forum out there for bloggers. There is lots of lively discussion on blogging topics, a market section where you can buy or sell all things related to blogging, and for the theme addicts such as myself, their is a section where some incredibly talented designers post some awesome WordPress themes, free for the taking.
I am going to thank you so much in advance for helping me to win this contest! If there is anything I can do for you, just leave a comment on this post and I will do my best!
Since I completed my 30 day blogging challenge I have taking a break from blogging. I’ve been spending time with my family, Saturday we watched 3 movies in a row, ate pizza, and then went out for apple pie. It was great. I’ve been spending some quality time with the latest Dean Koontz novel, so far so great, as usual. I’ve even been outside and started thinking about what to start in the garden.
I was planning on getting back to work on the blogs tomorrow, April 2. You know you can’t believe anything you read on a blog on April Fools Day. I’m not good enough to come up with a prank so I just didn’t see the point in posting anything. So tonight, just before heading off to bed, I took a quick look at my stats! SURPRISE! Either someone is really good, or I have been totally and wonderfully stumbled. YEA! Thank you, thank you all you Stumblers, and feel free to keep it up!
I’m so happy about this I think I’ll put off going to bed for awhile and find some blog posts to stumble, try and make someone else’s day!
Oh, and my next 30 day challenge, getting exercise every day? That will have to wait till tomorrow. I don’t think I can fail if I haven’t started, and I didn’t get any exercise today.