Friday morning I enjoyed bird-watching with my beloved Jonathan, who'd just turned 11 (thus making him not only older, but more expensive to feed at many restaurants).
We spotted some jays, some yummy quails, and one huge unidentifiable bird, possibly a turkey vulture .
Then Sunday we all took off for the Monterey-Carmel area, to meet BSIL, DAOD, and little Timothe for a whirlwind o' fun.
Here's DAOD holding the delightful Mr. Timothe, as we visit the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo.
Mr. T. also rode.
I really enjoyed the replicated rooms, set up authentically.
Spot the toaster ovens:
Afterwards, we picnicked at the beautiful Carmel beach, got a bit wet and a bit burnt. Loved the crash of the waves, the coolness of the water, the beauty of the coast.
That night, we ate at the Sea Harvest Fish Market/Restaurant. Took forever to be seated, but oh! was it worth it! They are an actual fish market. If you see something in the display case that isn't on the menu, you can order it. That's just what DAOD did, ordering a local specialty, Sable fish. It was delicious. My son Josiah, not a seafood lover, decided to be bold and ordered a combo of fried shrimp, fish, and squid - and loved it! Valerie and Jonathan enjoyed fish and chips, and I went for...
...swordfish steak! Last I had was a few years earlier, and it was not fresh, and overcooked. This had been brought in the previous afternoon, and was perfect.
Next day it was the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
What odd creatures cuttlefish are. Sort of like fish version of platypuses — a little here, a little there.
My dear wife really liked the Leafy Sea Dragons. Try to spot them.
Then for our Monday picnic, here was our view:
Timothe was chillin'.
The trip home was less fun, as we seemed to spend half the drive locked in a long, long parking-lot that had been billed as a "freeway" (hahahaha). Late home, but after a lot of fun, and a lot of God's beautiful and intricate creation.
O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.