But now the summer has started, and we welcomed it in our own way. We went to the beach, Kaefer, her friend K and I. It wasn't a particularly warm day at the coast - it seldom is. The Pacific Ocean here at the North Coast tends to be cold, windy and often foggy. We didn't have any fog, at least not until the early evening, but it was still a bit on the chilly side.
However, that didn't hold us back from having a picnic on the beach, sitting on some driftwood and eating sandwiches and chips. After that we closed the bags safely so that the seagulls couldn't get to the food and the girls went to the water while I walked around, taking pictures.
There is always something to photograph at this beach. The river runs into the ocean here as well, so there often are people who kayak to the mouth of the river and rest here, enjoying the scenery.
Although the air was cool, the sand was warm and even hot in some places. Many coastal plants were flowering.
There were dead crabs, only the remains of the shells while the seagulls ate the rest of it.
Beautiful driftwood - this one has been here for ever, and often the seagulls sit here, watching beach goers for food (what else?).
Some algae (I guess)...
... and beautiful rock formations.
It was puppy season for the harbor seals, so part of the beach was closed to give them space. Unfortunately there are still people who get too close to the seals and then the mothers abandon their babies - it's awful. This afternoon, though, the seals stayed by themselves without any human intruders. They love to hang out at the river side of the beach.
Here you can see them a bit closer thanks to my zoom.
Someone had drawn circles in the sand (this photo was taken from the top of the cliff on our way back)...
... and of course there were footprints in the sand everywhere.
The girls had fun writing in the sand and then waiting for the incoming tide to wash it all away. Yes, they even went into the water even though it was freezing cold!
And this is what I am going to do for the next few weeks - spend time with my daughter, with my family. I have been looking forward to this for the past two months, and I'm so happy that finally we have the time to do this. Which means I won't be here very often for the next two, three or even four weeks.
Have a wonderful summer everyone (at least all of you in the Northern hemisphere - I know that you're sailing right into winter in the Southern hemisphere)!!