I honestly didn’t think I would have any photographs to post today. Erin took the kids to take one more hike in the Redwoods. And this happened while they were making their loop. Poor kids saw the aftermath on their way back to the house. So, quite a start to the day!

However, I took Erin for a late lunch at the Chart House out on the harbor. We enjoyed chowder, shrimp, and fish and chips like good tourists. But the real fun was watching (and listening to) the sea lions that were hanging out just beyond the restaurant. I watched one repeatedly try to climb onto the floating raft, only to be slapped off by the bemused resident that did not want to share its space.

We had told the children we would take them out on the beach this evening to watch the sun set – hopeful that the sky would not be too cloudy. Well, we just had to show them the sea lions as well – so that that’s where we started our evening. I think we all enjoyed the noisy animals and their unique odor, but the wind was coming in strong from the north and we were all pretty freezy.

So we made our way up to the sandy shores north of the harbor and watched the tide roll in as the sun sank lower in the sky. I watched all of the kids, taking in the moment in their own way. And, as cheesy as it sounds, I reflected on the sun setting on this part of our life – the part where we are all together as a family, comprised of two parents and five kids. We have an adult now, and she’s headed out of the nest in just a few short months. We wanted to have this trip together – not knowing if or when we’ll have the opportunity next.

Some photos from today – I shot with a long zoom, which helped to compensate for my limited mobility. As much as I love lighthouses and sunsets – the sea lions might be my favorite!


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