Having just gotten back from the CA coast, we saw lots of cool ‘critters’, including the sea otter.
I’m not sure I have ever seen a sea otter before. I could watch them for hours. They were just too adorable. I didn’t realize that they are actually an endangered species. There used to be some 150,000 – 200,000.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s they were hunted for their fur. They are now a protected species. Their population has dipped to 1% of what they once were, at a low of only 1,000 – 2,000. Now they are hovering at around 3,000 as they have plateau’d in their decline.
Their facial expressions and mannerisms were priceless.
We saw buzzards and blue herons, seals and sea lions.
Even caught a sunset or two….
Sometimes its good to get out of the woods and see the sea.
We don’t get too much of this in our neck of the woods.
You can see more of my pix from my trip here… https://kritterspix.com/category/photo-musings/
Oregon does it right. With about 362 miles of coast land, they celebrate it at every turn. I counted over 70 State Parks along the way… on the coast alone (no mention of inland Parks). These parks offer Day Use & Camping (for hikers, bikers, campers, and RV’ers). They are full of scenic trails, picnic tables, fire pits, and nature walks. I so respect and admire their preservation of this absolute beauty and their embracing and sharing of it to their own and other communities.
There are wooded rainforest lands, lighthouses along the way, and rock outcroppings in the sea afar. It’s diverse, stunning, and gorgeous.
We were just in Washington state. We haven’t been in probably a decade. It made me start to realize that irritating trait older people have… ‘I remember when’, ‘You’re too young too remember’, etc. Yes, it’s true we are young to be retired, but here we are… we never won the lottery, we never ‘made it big’… but we saved hard, and lived a different lifestyle. We seldom wrote checks to have others do for us what we could do ourselves. And we are younger than most of our retired friends.. the rest just aren’t retired yet. Why we have to endure their…. ‘just wait you’ll get there’, is beyond me. I hope never to do that to others in the future.
But here we were in WA state, bemoaning how it has changed from the last time we were here. I suspect that as time has passed, and time goes forward, it will forever be true. You can’t take it back as you plow down nature, replacing it with buildings and high-rises holding the likes of Starbucks and Hard Rock Cafe’s. As each of us see something for the first time, it is forever not the same again.
The traffic alone in the Seattle area was enough to keep me from ever coming back. It was worse than the worse day in California traffic, and that’s notoriously bad. People from the area swear never to go to Seattle proper just because of the traffic.
We remember going through Pike Place Market ever so fondly in the past, so we made a special trip to walk it’s halls yet again. We felt like salmon swimming upstream in a sea of tourists. It was a complete zoo.