Last Saturday I awoke to a glorious, spectacular, sunny day. I sipped my morning coffee in our backyard. PR joined me and he kept exclaiming how beautiful the mountains are. He told me he's never really seen them before. He can't get over the wonders of the world now that he has his glasses. He also said, in total awe, "I can actually see the clouds now!"
** Ahem **
Yes son, there are clouds in the sky. Let me just pop a bottle of Xanax to ease my guilt over being a bad mom and we can talk about the existence of mountains and clouds.
By the way, the "green belt" you see in the above picture is maintained for fire protection. Although it isn't visible in the photo, there's a reservoir just on the other side of it. When we have wildfires (and we do), helicopters come with big buckets attached and swoop water out of the reservoir. We watch all the excitement from our backyard as we hope and pray the fires don't get close to us.
And yes, they have before. But that's a story for a different day.
PR announced he "needed" to climb some rocks at the beach. He got no argument from me. In no time, we were at Heisler Park in Laguna where there are a lot of rocks to climb.
Heisler Park is great for rock climbing and for perusing tide pools.
PR took this photo of one of the fattest starfishes I've ever seen. As he took the photo, I stood nearby. A huge wave suddenly crashed on the rocks soaking me thoroughly. Luckily, it was a warm day (in the 80's/27C) and I dried off quickly.
Can I stop right here and admit something? Laguna Beach is one of the greatest places to laugh at tourists. I can't help it and yes, I'm a bitch. Honestly? Do not come to California for a visit in the winter and send your kids out swimming in the Pacific Ocean in their underwear. It's wrong on so many levels.
The Pacific Ocean is cold in the winter (Low 50'sF/11-12C). If you stay in the water for more than a few minutes without a wet suit on we are laughing at you. Also? You can splurge on a kids bathing suit for next to nothing at Target. We don't want to see you or your kids running around in panties on the beach.
Here's one of many sea anemones we encountered. PR likes to feed them by touching their "middles" and watching them devour their food. Is devour the correct term for what sea anemones do? They suck stuff in and you never see it again.
I got an 'A' in biology. (No, really I did.)
The sky was a spectacular array of wispy cirrus clouds, and the ocean was green and clear.
Have I mentioned that we have plants other than palm trees by the ocean?
It's beginning to look quite spring-ish.
PR got a lot of climbing and exploring done.
Yes, he did drag me up and down cliffs. And no, he did not wear his glasses as he did so. Don't ask, it's a long story. Anyway, it takes a lot to wear PR out. He's a high energy kid. One good thing about all that climbing, it gave me some great views for photos.
In the far distance you can see downtown Laguna.
We climbed nearly as high as some very tall palm trees.
On the way home we stopped by the grocery store. When we got back to the house we grilled steaks outdoors. I made a caesar salad (I make the best homemade caesar dressing) and we baked some potatoes. A bottle of red wine completed the meal. It was a wonderful day!
As an aside, thank you to so many of you who have encouraged me on the photography front. You've gotten me quite motivated to figure out a way to use a heavier camera with my bum arm. It may take a few months, but "real" photography is something I really aspire to do again. It will be an exciting day for me when I can share with you the news that I've accomplished that goal.
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