Matt and I took a getaway weekend to the town of Pt. Arena in Mendocino County last weekend. We had fabulous weather and it was a good balance of getting away and relaxation. We didn’t do anything I couldn’t do with my recovering knee, but there wasn’t a lot that I was missing. I’m not going to give a long narrative (I’ll let the photos speak for themselves) but we stayed at the Wharfmaster’s Inn in Arena Cove, visited the Pt. Arena Lighthouse, ate at the chowder house next to the inn and at the bakery along main street.
from Bordeaux, 2010
Yesterday we had the most glorious weather- it was bursting with spring! It reminded me of a backpacking trip we took last March to Henry Coe State Park; the park was absolutely gorgeous! Here’s one of my favorites 🙂
Brief news update: Most of my photos for the next few months will be from the archives as I’m having surgery in a week and a half for a torn ligament in my knee and torn cartilage in my hip. Both of these problems were long term issues that can be fixed (aka I should have done this sooner). While I’ll be a bit laid-up for a while, I’m hoping I’ll be able to have a better standard of living when I’m well. So here’s to the future! Plus, it’ll be a good opportunity to really manage all of my photos like I’ve said I was going to do! 😛
Happy spring everyone!
It’s been raining here (let’s hope for more) and this reminds me of the mood one feels when everything is damp. This is in Périgueux, France
The French don’t have the same view wildlife as Americans. They’re generally fans of “the countryside” (le paysage) versus what they call “le sauvage,” or the wild. When I explained to my host mom what I wanted to do (wildlife biology), the first thing she said was “Isn’t that dangerous?” I mean, the continent has been inhabited for thousands of years and many of their formidable animal species are extinct or nearly so. However to their credit, the French are starting to think more about conservation. An hour’s train ride out of Bordeaux is the Parc Ornithologique du Teich, an ornithological park near Arachon Bay. I got to visit twice, and it was awesome to see the European counterparts to many North American waterbirds, as much of the park consists of wetlands. It was very beautiful, and I have good memories from my visits. Plus it was nice to see some wildlife in the midst of living a typical European city life. There were also many informative signs around the park, including a series on bird bills as an indicator of what the bird eats, how it lives, etc. Most of these photos don’t have birds in them, but here are my favorites.
Next to Cathédrale Saint André