Spirit Matters

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Kwan Yin from Spirit Matters

We were packed for a Bolinas outing.  We’d planned to paddle the lagoon, check in on the nesting herons and egrets, maybe snag a few waves at one of the surf spots.

The sleepy little town of Stinson Beach is set against the steep western flank of Mount Tamalpais.  It’s really quite the treat just standing at the shore looking out to sea, or up the coast toward Bolinas, or over your shoulder to the massive mountain that holds this little town so carefully.

We had a great breakfast at Parkside Cafe, scouted the surf for long enough to know that there might be waves at Bolinas, then hit the road for the last stretch.  But by the time we got there the beach was packed, the town was heading toward bumper-to-bumper traffic and it was already 75 degrees.

We paid a short visit to Audubon Canyon Ranch.  At least we could see the heron and egret rookeries.  But there were none this year.  There’s speculation that an increased population of bald eagles may be the culprit.

Onward to Point Reyes Station where we put in to paddle up a creek.  Lagunitas creek to be precise.  What we found was quite stunning.  Maybe a half mile of water just deep enough to paddle.  There were cormorants, turtles, and the odd cow in the rolling meadows beside the water.  A few fish jumped along the way.

If only I’d brought along the GoPro.  But we did visit Spirit Matters, the lovely little shop in Inverness Park that hosts so many treats for the spirit.  Donna found a Kwan Yin seated on a turtle, just like the ones we saw in the creek.

The next day, back in Pacifica, I snagged a few little waves right out my own front door.  Check it out, all set to some nifty little jazz.  Hey, it’s only a minute.

Linda Mar Maestra from Tom Adams on Vimeo.

Close Encounters of the Orca Kind

Back in the fall I shared a post about a couple in a kayak that had a breath-taking encounter with a breaching whale in the Monterey Bay.  You can see the post here.

Today a friend from my writing group shared a post that was just as close.  It’s a guy on a Stand Up Paddleboard keeping cool while being frisked by an Orca.  You can see it here.

And he was recognized by GoPro for his heroics.

 

 

Brown Pelican

I found the most beautiful Brown Pelican yesterday.  It was posing patiently in front of the Chit Chat Cafe at the base of the Pacifica Pier.  I’d gone there to scope out the storm damage.  Sure enough, a chuck of the sidewalk was missing.  The waves blasted rock through the sea wall and sucked out the material under the sidewalk, which promptly collapsed.  Our public works group was jolly on the spot.

I posted the Pelican on Facebook and got a comment that this bird was famous.  It had it’s own web site.  It’s a rehabilitated bird banded K-15.  I reported it this morning.  Hope to see it again.  Such a stunning sight.

If you see K-15 or any blue-banded bird please report here.

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Soft Top Taco Bell

We have surf right in front of our world famous Taco Bell.  It might be the only Taco Bell on the planet built on the beach. It has stunning views, and at high tide, during a large swell, the surf might flow under the building.  But let’s discuss soft top boards, not soft shell tacos.

I saw this guy heading out to surf with a soft top board, like those pictured above, but his was white with blue stripes.  Soft tops are the board of choice for most surf schools, since they soften the inevitable fall.  I assumed, therefore, that the guy was a beginner.

During the next half hour I put my new camera through its paces.  This is the camera that got drenched during my close encounter with large waves at the pier this past Thursday.  It seems to be functioning quite well.

There were close ups of gulls posing beside the terminus of San Pedro Valley Creek and surf scoters gliding effortlessly over the low tide swell. The guy on the white and blue board, who was hardly a beginner, gave me a handfull of fun waves.

Wild Ocean

The ocean is big today.  It was bigger yesterday.  The water is a good 10 degrees colder than it was in September.  Fall is here.  Winter is coming.  I’ve been fighting a bug which has kept me from the water.  But I still need a fix to overcome my hopeless addiction to the ocean’s charm.  Whether it’s a walk on the beach or making a short video of the current conditions, it’s all about the ocean, its size, its smell, its moods.