We left China Camp State Park after Christmas and got to Gaviota on one of the last days in
December where we were met by a nice sunset.
We did a couple of interesting things in January. First, we visited Hearst Castle (where
we didn’t take very many pictures) and took one of the tours and we went on up the
coast to see the elephant seals. Second, Jim went flying with a friend of his and took
some aerial pictures of the beach and park. On top of that, there was a lunch of a heavy
rocket from Vandenberg that we could watch.
And one nice sunrise
Another sunset with one of
the park hosts going out to
remind folks that the park
closes at sunset.
That is our trailer
in the center of the
picture to the right.
figure by the
creek is Gail
February brought all sorts of fun as Abercrombie and Fitch came to the beach for several days to shoot pictures and videos
for ads and a catalog. They graciously invited the hosts and Rangers to stop in for a free lunch.
When not shooting pictures the boys
were busy throwing a frisbee, much to
Gail’s and the other women in the parks
Old cars were a big part of the theme
The duty ranger making
sure no rules were broken
Park hosts supervising
and a gull on the move
More eye candy
More cars and by special permission, driving on the beach
Shooting a scene
Shooting the water scene
After the water shoot
Motorhomes used as dressing rooms
An egret working the beach in the late afternoon.
A few pictures from March sunrises
One of the things we enjoy at Gaviota is the chance to help the Marine Mammal rescue organizations. They pick up injured mammals and after rehabilitation return them to the wild. These pictures show a pair of young sea lions being returned to the sea.
One of the issues we sometimes have to deal with at Gaviota is flooding of the park. When we have a very heavy winter rain the creek carries more water than can fit under the bridge just outside the kiosk. The result is a flood of water (seen in the first picture) which races down the road and into the park as can be seen in the subsequent pictures. We always hope we will get enough forewarning of a big storm to leave the park well before the flood. As you can see in these pictures, our trailer is long gone. After the water recedes, and the Park Service has brought in a big machine to scrape the mud off of the roads we can return to help clean up the rest of the park.
This storm came at the end of March and the park didn’t reopen before it was time for us to head back to Mossyrock. Meaning that this is the end of the 2011 pictures.Thanks for stopping by.