Day 158 Beach Good-bye


Last Days in Juncalito

Dec 12

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 I spent several days trying to figure out what made these patterns in the sand. They reminded me of the sand-balls I found on the beach of Krabi, Thailand but unlike Krabi, I never saw the little scampering crustaceans…. until suddenly they all showed themselves.

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This morning the beach was crawling with them and I had fun sitting like a heron waiting for my chance get one.  They were too fast to grab but I was able to get one with the camera.  I had fun watching them pit fights with each other, dig for tasty things to eat, and build ally ways with their sand balls but mostly I just enjoyed the modernistic art painted anew each morning after a high tide.

The culprit

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The large black circles on it’s ‘face’ aren’t  eyes. His eyes are at the end of the stalks.  I couldn’t identify this crab but I’m pretty sure it’s a type of fiddler crab.

 

 

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The designs are made by ‘alley’s created with little sand-balls


 Snorkeling and Mangroves

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Sunken row boat

I found the perfect spot for a little offshore snorkeling. About 10 minutes from the camper and up a sandy off-road trail there’s a small cove filled with mangroves. I only took Nickel because TinTin and Eureka are bothered by pebble beach areas and slippery rocky outcrops.

mangrove

The mangrove cove was the perfect place for snorkeling and tide pool exploration because it has the advantage of being shaded and shallow. Wading through the water revealed schools of hundreds of fry, a few stingrays (that scurried off when I did the stingray shuffle, and an assortment of other tropical fish. It was great to get an underwater view of all the creatures living here: sea cucumbers, urchins, sponges, anenomies, starfish and all sorts of unidentified creepy crawlies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUnfortunately my snorkeling was short lived because Nickel decided that it was extremely dangerous for me to have my face in the water. She was fine with me floating but as soon as my face disappeared she swam out, grabbed my snorkel and tried pulling me in. I tried to work with her on the concept but realized that it was too stressful for her. She was literally panicked when I was face down for too long.

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Interesting stone wall out in ‘the middle of no where.’ The work involved creating it was astonishing as it went on for miles

So the snorkeling adventure turned into a hike around the cove to poke through the tide pools. Back on the rocks we ran into thousands of sea roaches… roachThey are just as disgusting as the regular ones with their creepy behaviors. I don’t know why their invasive scurrying off the rocks and plummeting head over tail into the dark damp crevices was so revolting to me.

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A tired Eureka and her Binky

We hiked back to the camper and ended another great day on this very special beach. Back ‘home’ dinner was served and we went to bed. My plan: to get an early start, back on the road, in the morning.booby3

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Teeth of Booby on Feather

 

I’d spent an entire week here (hard to believe) and it was time to move on. I saw a number of other campers come and go during my week here and now it was my turn to depart. I’d gotten to know a few of the local ‘snowbirds’ and appreciate all the help and support they’ve given me.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

14 thoughts on “Day 158 Beach Good-bye

  1. Seriously… If you click the picture of the beak on the feather it’s extremely interesting. Pelagic birds have to have a way to clear the salt from the seawater they have to drink. If you look at the picture close up (click it to enlarge) you’ll see two grooves connecting into one. This is where the salt drains from what the take in. I also love that you can see the serrated edge of the bill that’s needed to cut through tough fish skins (or what ever). I know… I’m a geek 🙂

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  2. Vikki we love your informative posts!! We had to smile as Berkeley and Nickel share similar lifeguard skills! Berkeley swims out and tries to rescue anyone attempting to swim laps. We have to leave Berkeley in the house if someone is trying to enjoy the water!
    Safe travels! Janet and Andy

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  3. VIKKI..AMAZING NICKEL..MY BROTHERS GERMAN SHEPARD DID THE SAME THING…IF YOU GOT TO FAR FROM SHORE..HE WOULD SWIM OUT GRAB YOUR WRIST AND TRY TO DRAG YOU BACK TO SHORE…ITS THE SMART DOGS…THEY WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PEOPLE..LOVE YOUR BLOG..RIGHT NOE IT MAKES MY DAY…XOXO

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  4. Joanne Wike says:

    This was a lovely story and your pictures continue to take my breath away. You are my go to guru when it comes to poodles and I expected to read that Nickel dove under the water with you and you shared the experience together.

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    • If only! At first she swam next to me. I was afraid she’d try to climb on me but she didn’t she just paddled along. I have to say it was the coolest thing to watch her swimming from under water and at times I was more intent on watching her legs than the fish! But if I didn’t take my head of of the water after a while she’d grab my snorkel. I realized that her swimming next to me wasn’t relaxing for her… she was worried about me. That’s when I tried to get her to go to shore and she’d keep coming out to get me.

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