I have really slowed my posting during the last month or so. I’d love to be able to share more frequently, but perhaps you have also noticed there are only 24 hours in a day? I’m full to brimming over with plenty that vies for my time.
The work-fun balance is sometimes wobbly, but I’ve made no secret that what keeps me on an even keel is spending time outdoors. I was gratified the other day when Karina, almost five, walked out the backdoor, announcing to no one in particular, “I’m going outside to find some nature.”
My heart sang!
I’m still intending to come back to post a few highlights and stories associated with families from three of the wineries we visited in Santa Barbara County. I’m very impressed with what I’m learning, and I’m eager to pass along some of my enthusiasm.
But as we head into a weekend, I thought you might simply enjoy some photos from the same wine country region, but with a different perspective.
We visited Surf Beach in February, and just in time! From March through September the beach has many restrictions related to the Western Snowy Plover and its nesting habitat. Zena is certainly considered an unwelcome intruder.
Surf Beach is very near Vandenberg Air Force Base, a Department of Defense space and missile testing base just about 10 miles northwest of Lompoc, California. It was irresistible to us on a beautiful late-winter day.
Surf Beach is the closest public access to the coast for Lompoc residents and also receives two trains a day. It’s a beautiful stretch of the coastline, and while we were willing to get our toes wet, Zena went surfing.
I’m glad I didn’t know at the time about two shark attacks, both resulting in fatalities, one in 2010 and again in 2012. Great Whites migrate up and down the West Coast from islands off the coast of San Francisco to warm waters off the coast of Mexico. Two surfers died while surfing at Surf Beach.
Less than 100 miles from Surf Beach the largest shark recorded off the North American coast weighed in at 4,745 pounds. Zena didn’t know this information. I may not tell her.
I hope to return to this spot again, but for now we won’t disturb the Snowy Plovers. Vandenberg’s beaches are important to the stability of the Plover population, which is currently marked at 246 adult plovers on this particular stretch of coastline.
Since we can’t visit again until September, just sit back and enjoy the photos and move into a breathelighter weekend. I hope it includes some outdoor time.
Give yourself time for a big exhale, and I’ll be waiting to hear how you choose to recharge your batteries. Enjoy!