This is what you see first in the far distance. Sea birds congregating over dolphin herded fish balls. Note the dolphin in the lower center of the photo. For every dolphin you see at any given moment on the surface, there are scores more underwater (click to enlarge).
As you focus in, you notice odd splashes everywhere around you, and dolphins cresting in the distance.
The Captain spins the boat,
in fast churning 360 degree circles,
as dolphins race towards you,
to play in the wake.
and underneath the boat,
far surpassing the speed and skill of the captain.
Cheers to you from the stunning dolphin super pods~
Endless, pristine beaches with no one on them (click/tap to enlarge).
My son chooses a favored spot,
and prepares to take a very long nap.
Santa Rosa Island,
in Channel Islands National Park in Southern California,
is like a distant, undiscovered paradise. It is only a three hour bumpy small boat ride from mainland California, but it feels worlds away.
It is the only place in the world, besides my hometown in La Jolla, where Torrey Pine Tree forests grow naturally.
This is our boat leaving Santa Rosa Island with Santa Cruz Island in the background. The islands are suprisingly large, unpopulated and completely undeveloped. The waters around them team with wildlife, including blue whales and the largest population of multiple species of dolpins in the world. Super pods are often encountered here and I have been in the midst of them several times, including yesterday, which is a thrilling experience. I will show you some dolphin and whale photos soon.
Wild flowers are still growing profusely in mid-June!
The islands are home to lots of fauna too, including Channel Islands Foxes, which live no where else in the world, are tiny, adorable, and unafraid of humans. Photos of them soon.
What the islands may lack in modern conveniences,
they make up for in spades with unspoiled splendor.
The blog continues to be overwhelmed with WP errors. There is the unfollowed followers issue and there are now 26K+ and growing daily, PHP warning in my WP site logs linked to WP installed/managed plug ins.
PHP warnings are caused by unwanted errors in code or script. They are warnings that there are problems that are likely to cause bigger problems in the future.
Additionally, Google has identified 1.26K blog pages not able to be indexed by google due to redirect errors.
I am not hopeful that this will be fixed.
So, unlike the rain in the desert,
making wildflowers, rivers and waterfalls,
this blog continues,
Cheers to you from the wet and happy Sonoran Desert~
Note: Desert wildflowers in order are: Bristlebush, Prickly Pear Cactus, Desert Willow and Desert Marrow.
Rains continue into May in the desert which is unheard of.
Note the people midway up the mountain to give you perspective on the scope of of the superbloom which cover many mountains.
Blooming Brittlebush carpet the foothills in vibrant yellow blankets.
This bloom in Whitewater Wildlands Conservancy is ‘Off the Beaten Path.’ Most superbloom areas in Southern California are mobbed with crowds, but even on the weekend, there are very few people here. You hike by yourself in the wilderness.
The river for which the conservancy is named is full of snow melt cascading into the desert from the surrounding mountains,
filling natural resevoirs to capacity with overflow.
Southern California mountains and deserts are happy!
Cheers to you from the desert in May.
Note: I am traveling now and continuing my ‘Off the Beaten Path’ travel destination series as I go.
Kotor is exactly such a place. It is charming, unspoiled and an explorers paradise.
Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic.
It is a desiginated as two separate Unesco World Heritage Sites. First, for it’s buildings of medieval significance, and secondly for it’s Venetian defensive structures built at the height of Venetian power in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Cheers to you from the first in a series of ‘Off the Beaten Path Places’ in our small world~