Matt had only flown once before, back in the '90s. I've flown significantly more than that, but I wouldn't say I am a globe trotter or anything. In fact, I swore off flying for five years or more after the surreal experience of looking down on the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. But, flying we were going! We took off shortly before sunset. I let Matt have the window seat and I think he really enjoyed looking down on the fields, mountains, towns, and ultimately, even the Grand Canyon. Oh, and as an aside, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will stop you for further screening if you carry a cast-iron skillet in your carry on bag.
For people that always drive everywhere it was amazing how fast we were in southern California. We couldn't have even driven to Denver in that time and all of the sudden it was palm trees and ocean (and sprawling suburbia) below us. Matt was especially floored by the speed of travel, I think. When we landed in San Diego it was warm. We could tell that right off. Matt changed into shorts. I peeled off my Cuddldud under-layers. There was some amazing art in that airport! At first we thought it was paintings, but it turned out to be dyed cord and wax! They told myths, legends, and histories of native peoples. It was very impressive.
|Botanical Building at Balboa Park. I'd seen Adam's photos of it and so even recognized it from the air! Its one of the largest lath buildings in the world and houses some pretty spectacular plant life.|
|Look at this little tiny pineapple! We still haven't seen any on our pineapple plant at the house. Maybe it doesn't get enough heat and/or sun.|
|Adam taught us about these weird plants--platycerium ferns. They're more commonly called staghorn ferns--on account of their growing much like palmate antlers, I gather.|
|I've always liked the scent of plumeria. Back when I wore perfume it was the scent that I wore. I'm not sure I've ever seen one in person before though. These were my favorites, but there were some lovely white and yellow ones, too.|
|Two new-to-us birds in one single shot!|
|I adored the seals.|
|Check out the blue eye on this cormorant!|
|There were some pretty spectacular, bizarre trees down there.|
|We didn't even try to identify the gulls. They are all too similar and have too many different variations based on age (1 year plumage, 2nd year plumage, etc). We admired them without analysis.|
|Matt thought it looked so much like a deer head that he did a mock hunting prowess pose with it.|
|And then they had to stretch it out to full length, you know, just to see.|
|I thought it was quite interesting how this sandy cliff was so evenly studded with rounded stones and pebbles. It had a wonderful texture to it.|
|The way the sunset makes the sand glow is almost as good as how it makes the clouds glow. How does it DO that?! It was sure lovely to watch the transitions. Plus, it really looks like the sun is falling off the edge of the earth. What a horizon!|