Wow, things are about to get C.R.A.Z.Y. over here! I don’t even know where to start with everything that is about to happen!
For starters, thank you all for the congrats about getting into USC. This has been a long time coming…like five years. I have been putting off going back to school since I left my job working for the Marine’s in 2008 and using my field jobs and lack of internet as to why I couldn’t get it done. But now, there is no time to waste or excuses! There are many reasons why I finally decided to settle down and work on my certificate/degree but the biggest are: I’m tired of moving, I just want to be with Whit for more than a few days at a time, and I need to make some money instead of just volunteering for everything that I do! Don’t get me wrong, I love what I have been doing, traveling all over the world and working with hundreds of birds and beautiful environments…but I also just want my cat back! Haha!
How could you not want this precious
little kitty around all the time!?!?!?!?!
Anyhow, before I get into all the details of the big changes to come in the next month, lets start with the fun camping trip I went on last weekend with Whit and his coworkers! Whit goes camping with his friends a few times a year, and this time I convinced him to bring me along to one of their favorite spots: Montana De Oro State Park near Morro Beach, CA. Whit and I have been to Morro Bay before, almost two years ago for our anniversary, and I loved it so knew that this trip would be fun.
I headed down from Santa Cruz in some nasty traffic to get there in what should have been three and a half hours, but it took me over five and you know I was grouchy when I got there! But in reality, I was taken back by the proximity to the beach and the change of scenery from skyscraper redwoods to thickets of eucalyptus tress! It may have been overcast and foggy most of the weekend, but seriously, I never get tired of looking at the beach no matter how much or no sun there is!
We spent most of the weekend lounging around either at the campsite or the beach and it was delightful! Whit and I did head to Morro Bay Saturday morning so he could go surfing and I could run…which was wonderful since it was so flat! Living in the mountains means constant hills and believe me, my knees are letting me know how much they are not liking them. Yikes. Anyhow, knowing I wouldn’t be able to take a proper shower after my run, I brought my bikini along and was lucky enough to have a hot shower in Morro Bay since it’s so stinking cold there and the water is enough to give you hypothermia! Whit can vouch for that! Well, almost…
We hung out at a long strip of beach during the afternoon and I got a big kick out of all the barn swallows in the area! There were so many of them and to see them actually perched is like a freaking miracle. Ok, not really, it’s more like that for swifts, but still. They are hard to see and it gave me some time to really admire them and catch some pictures!
There were a bunch of other birds around too…bird nerd time!
We headed back and had a great cookout to end the camping trip. I worked on some fresh squashes and zucchini in the grill wok while others got to work on cooking the fresh wild salmon and pork chops. I brought some vegan protein alternatives…so don’t worry, no meat was consumed by me on this trip! Of course, when has meat ever been eaten by me in the past ten years…heh.
The last photo is of Whit’s plate…and you can bet he went back for more of that salmon. Boy seriously can’t get enough of that stuff!! I also brought some homemade vegan banana bread to share with everyone…and it unfortunately met it’s fate when the raccoons came and raided the site; boo!
Otherwise, it was a great getaway weekend and obvious some time to spend with Whit! We went on lots of walks and hikes and just hanging out together! This is the last time I see him until two weeks from today when…I FINALLY MOVE IN WITH HIM FOR GOOD!!! Poor sucker, now he has to have me around 24/7 to torture him…or as he sees it, cook food for him. Spoiled brat!