I was dying to get out of Salinas at least for a while this weekend and wanted to go to the beach, but not in Monterey. Monterey is a great town, but the traffic can be nuts. Marina, a little further north, is less ‘trendy’ (sorry, Marina) so it’s not as packed with tourists and I found an easy-to-access beach.
Wow, am I glad I went.
….. the surfers.
I still want to learn how to surf.
Does this look like fun or what?
…..checking out lots of sand dollars….
…..and my shadow…..
Yes, dolphins! I was so excited. I’ve never seen them in the wild. There were a few further out, jumping up and out of the water, too, but my zoom lens just doesn’t zoom that far. But it was great to watch.
Actually, when I first caught sight of one, my immediate thought was that it was a shark because all I saw was a fin. But I wasn’t sure that’s what it was. There’s a lot of kelp out there, too. I was contemplating yelling ‘Shark!’ to the surfers, when I saw more of them together and it became obvious they were dolphins. The surfers stopped, straddled their boards and watched them go by, too. It was so cool. I also saw a sea otter, but it was too wily for my camera lens.