Sea life in the ocean. As it was meant to be. :)
Along with the sea life, we also had regular sightings of deer - right across the street from Barbara's house! The deer come down from the hills to her neighborhood and are a real problem because they eat the plants and can pretty much destroy landscaping. One evening, we came home and the car's headlights showed a couple of deer eerily staring at us! We didn't move, and they didn't move. It was a little surreal. After a few more nights like this, I got out of the car and tried to get some pictures, while Barbara was aiming the headlights on the deer. (this might sound strange to you guys, but this is pretty much SOP (standard operating procedure) for us) I approached from the sidewalk, where I could see there were four deer in this yard - two adults and two smaller deer:
See their head and ear silhouettes? They were giving me a good stare down.
I can see two deer face on, plus the side-view body of another deer in this shot.
With the picket fence, it looked like the deer were meant to be in this yard, but there was a big opening at the driveway where they could leave, if they wanted. One evening we watched them hang out in the front yard for a while, and then they went around the side of the house to the backyard. The front yard was mainly sticks at this point - they'd eaten pretty much everything! There are a lot of landscaping tricks that people use to try and deter the deer from coming in - Barbara has had a little trouble with the deer, but obviously they prefer the house across the street more, which is just fine with her.
We went to the Capitola Art and Wine Festival while I was there - Capitola is our old stomping grounds from high school. We used to drive over the hill and go to the beach there, and we'd also wander around the cute little village, where there were lots of fun, beachy shops. That was where we discovered the wonders of the It's-It ice cream cookie sandwich - they are sold in grocery stores now, but back then, we could only find them in Capitola. We didn't get an It's-It this visit, but we did get a little treat in the form of Marini's ice cream, which was tasty. We also walked and shopped; I was surprised to find that a lot of items that I looked at were in the affordable price range - usually most art and craft fairs are pretty expensive. Barbara said it was probably the downturn in the economy - too bad for the artists, but good for me, as I actually bought a few things:
Fused glass earrings, which I've worn nonstop since coming home with them.
Inlaid wood surfboard hook (with bonus blog flower painted on, how could I resist?) - I have a thing for hooks and this will look cute in my closet.
Photograph of Capitola, viewpoint from the top of the hill that we climbed many, many times as teens. I want to get a wood frame that will coordinate with the surfboard hook and hang this in my closet, too.
I bought this tote bag in Santa Cruz - I loved the design. I've been/seen just about all of the places noted!
Also, please note the runners on West Cliff Drive, and the bicycle - it was the perfect representation of the exercise Barbara and I did on this trip!
This trip was loads of fun and as always, too short! I can't wait to plan a return visit.
Have a great weekend!