Swimming with Sea Lions

Tessa Free Diving
Tessa Free Diving

Eric and I have a couple of friends who recently got interested in free diving. We were excited to show them the ropes, and so when we saw that the visibility was good this weekend we took them to our favorite spot in Malibu. All us geared up and swam out to a rocky prominence about 400 feet from the shore. On our first dive down from the surface, a pair of curious seal lions came out and started swimming around us.  It was almost like they thought we were another pod of seal lions and they were checking us out to see if we were competition. When they saw we weren’t nearly so agile as they were, they quickly lost interest in us and swam away. We kept going and saw lots of amazing fish.

 

On our way back to our car we saw a mother and baby dolphin close to shore and several whales in the distance.

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Sun Rise – Moon Set

UPDATE: Woke up early this morning to go surfing…and say that the the super moon was setting as the sun was rising. I took a couple more pics and happier with how these turned out!

Super Moon Santa Monica
Sun rising…moon setting
Super Moon Over Santa Monica Pier
Super Moon Over Santa Monica Pier

 

Moon through Palms Santa Monica
Moon through Palms Santa Monica
Super Moon, Surfer, Seagull, Santa Monica
Super Moon, Surfer, Seagull, Santa Monica

Went out yesterday night to play around with taking some long exposure shots of the super blue moon. Here is my favorite picture:

Super Blue Moon over Santa Monica
Super Blue Moon over Santa Monica

Goodnight moon!

1,997 Miles in One Year

Last January I bought a FitBit in order to take part in my company’s corporate wellness program. Over the past year I have found I enjoy tracking how much exercise I get, and I have worn the FitBit pretty regularly.  Today I received a notification that I have walked 1,997 miles since starting to wear the FitBit. This works out to 4,047,642 steps – which is the equivalent of walking the length of India!

I bought some new walking shoes to celebrate.

 

Camping at Montaña De Oro State Park

Eric and I went camping this weekend with a couple of our friends at Montaña de Oro State Park which is outside of Moro Bay. We had a great camp dinner of chili, roasted tomatoes, and blue corn bread. (One of our friends is an excellent camp chef!) CampThe waves were huge though – so we did not go surfing. Instead we looked at tide pools, searched for Pacific cost jade, and watched the huge waves rolling through.  The 101 South opened Sunday and we were one of the first cars able to pass through Santa Barbara/Montecito on the way home. So sad to see the destruction – but heartwarming to see the love and hard work of the community pulling together.

 

 

Palos Verdes Loop

Elevation Profile Palos Verdes Loop
Elevation Profile Palos Verdes Loop
Tess at Lunada Bay - Palos Verdes Loop
Tess at Lunada Bay – Palos Verdes Loop

Eric and I cycled the Palos Verdes Loop this weekend.  At 22 miles and approximately 2,000 feet of elevation gain it was a fun and slightly challenging ride. We had some great views of Catalina Island – and scoped out some secluded coves known for having great snorkeling. Eric rides his bike approximately 15 miles every day to work – so needless to say he is in amazing shape. I definitely needed to play catch-up at points as he was spinning up the hills!

Beautiful sunset, right?

Trash washed ashore California
Trash washed ashore with Santa Monica Pier in the background

Look a little closer, though. There is trash everywhere. Santa Monica just had its first rainfall in over a year. There was a break in the rain this evening, so I decided to go for a jog on the beach after work. I was shocked by how much trash I saw.  Dog waste, hazardous waste, but most of all, plastic waste. The rain has washed all of the trash lingering on the streets and in the gutters down into the ocean. I took a couple of pictures – but this fails to capture that this goes on for miles in every direction

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