Most Excellent Adventure —
22, 2006 – "DaDane" is quite late this week, but
for good reason. I was traveling again. My husband and I
flew to San Luis Obispo, CA,
last week to visit
Simon. Naturally, from Maud's point of view, we came to visit HER
and nobody else. As Maud
would put it, "I am the original Barbie
Dane – Queen of the Realm – so of course you came here
to bathe yourselves in my radiant beauty. No matter that the sun was
and the California wildflowers were in full
bloom, everything pales in comparison to me."
her point, Maud took us on
a most excellent adventure, which she's documented in her very own
This is a photograph of Morro
Bay taken at Montaña de Oro State Park.
I live just a few miles away. The view is almost
as lovely as I am, don't
The wildflowers around
here are quite pretty, too. (But I am prettier.)
Some of the flowers are bright
orange california poppies.
And some of the flowers are
We took a road trip to Carrizo
Plain National Monument.
Contrary to how it looks, I am NOT playing
in the flowers. I am hunting ground
Ground squirrels are very clever
critters. They escape through underground tunnels.
Someday I will catch one and give it to
Mary. That's because I love her very much.
To prove it, I saved her from two
rattlers "making whoopee" on the San Andreas Fault.
Ms. Ginnie got close enough
to take their picture but said she was ready to run.
That was pretty stupid, if you
ask me. Everyone knows you should avoid snakes.
This is the San
Andreas Fault at Wallace Creek, where we saw the
Wallace Creek is far from anywhere
and provides broad vistas in all directions.
I saw another ground squirrel at Wallace
Creek. Here I am, plotting my strategy.
I surprised everyone by pointing perfectly – twice,
Ms. Ginnie couldn't quite capture
the moment, but that's
couldn't quite capture the squirrel.
We saw some big tumbleweed while
we were driving.
And brilliant yellow flowers
carpeted the landscape as far as the eye could see.
There were no other people around,
just some cows. Even the cows were few and far between.
This one didn't like me very much. I
think my big beautiful spots made her nervous.
thaaaang! She was a brindle, hahaha.)
The ostriches didn't like me either, but
that's okay because I didn't
want to fool with them. They had icky tongues and smelled funny.
We ate lunch at Richie's Market. (Talk
about a hole in the wall.)
Stay tuned, we're not done yet, more to follow...
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