After a drought

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After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:49 pm

California has received enough rain to push most of the state out of drought status. Let's hope it lasts! Here are some photos of the glorious effect the rain has had. Green and flowers bursting at the seams everywhere. It's been a spectacular spring.
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(Notice the elephant seals?)

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Re: After a drought

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Spring brings new life. We saw a very chubby harbor seal on the rocks in front of the house. The next day she was there with a pup. We got to watch this pup's first few days of life. It was quite extraordinary.

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Re: After a drought

Post by Bill Barilko » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:57 pm

Great place to be a dog with nice teeth!
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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:57 pm

I visited Carizzo Plain National Monument to see the superbloom. There are so many flowers they can see it from space. It hadn't bloomed like this in 20 years. ImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:59 pm

Happy earth day! We live on a truly amazing planet.

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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:02 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:Great place to be a dog with nice teeth!

It is! She's happy as heck in that picture. I think she smells the seals below that cliff.

But she's not without her naughty side. Here's the stinker taking a break on our hike. Notice the nice cow crap along her side?!!!Image

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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:34 pm

I found a pic with the baby nursing. Image

It rolled off the rock a few times. Thank goodness they can swim! It rode around on mom's back sometimes. Mom would pet him with her flipper and kiss him.

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Re: After a drought

Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:42 am

avalon_ wrote:I visited Carizzo Plain National Monument

I go through there all the time on the way to my parents farm. I like taking the back roads. Keep your eyes peeled for pronghorn antelope through there.

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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:32 pm

Oh I just loved that drive. That farmland is simply gorgeous along the 58 and 41. I dream of living on a farm there. Although, I bet it gets really hot in the summer.

Unfortunately, we didn't see the antelope. Maybe next time!

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Re: After a drought

Post by Total Reject » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:34 pm

Great photos. Was just out hiking and the wildflowers are pretty amazing. Your dog is awesome.

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Re: After a drought

Post by VinnyD » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:01 pm

Great pictures, avalon. Thanks.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:54 pm

avalon_ wrote:That farmland is simply gorgeous along the 58 and 41

My parents' apple farm is on hwy 33, in the Cuyama Valley, south of the Carrizo plains, so we often drive the Carrizo Plains Rd, then Hwy 58 towards Creston and Paso Robles, and then up 101. The vineyards around Creston and in the hills above Paso Robles are really beautiful.

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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:35 am

Thanks TR and Vin.

I've never been to that area, Steve. That little excursion made me think about how big California is (and this country). I feel like I've only seen about 10% of my own state even though I've traveled it quite a bit.

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Post by Stan In Maryland » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:05 pm

Great photos. I swear one of these years when my wife and I tour California we are crashing your place.
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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:03 am

It would be a fun piss up location, especially for people traveling to see the California's natural beauty. The coastal drive to Big Sur is nearby, which is a popular drive.

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Re: After a drought

Post by RedsailsII » Mon May 01, 2017 2:02 am

Nice photos! Wish I'd been able to experience the Super Bloom first-hand like that.

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Re: After a drought

Post by truenic » Mon May 01, 2017 11:13 pm

These are great avalon! Thanks for sharing! I also appreciate Abby being in some of them. :)

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Re: After a drought

Post by avalon_ » Fri May 05, 2017 1:14 am

Thank you!

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Re: After a drought

Post by Scrubb » Sat May 06, 2017 3:55 am

Great pictures. And I love Abby's smile!
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Re: After a drought

Post by simon_in_exile » Wed May 17, 2017 6:29 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:
avalon_ wrote:I visited Carizzo Plain National Monument

I go through there all the time on the way to my parents farm. I like taking the back roads. Keep your eyes peeled for pronghorn antelope through there.

I drove past there between LA and Yosemite a couple of years ago - made sure we went on the 33 and 166 because I wanted to see the San Andreas Fault in that region. So stopped on Soda Creek Road, and... not easy to make out that Fault location! It's a piece of piss on a topi map or satellite image, but down on the ground it's always harder.
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