About once a week in the afternoon a guy rides his bike to the rocks on the beach and starts stacking them. We can clearly see them from our windows and the kids love to watch him. At first we would randomly look outside and see these amazing rock stacks, often five or six rocks tall. We had no idea who built them. But more and more lately we've been lucky to see the same guy stacking them. He takes about 15 minutes to stack a few up and then he hops back on his bike and rides away.
I think it is so cool! The kids and I make sure to steer clear of them because we don't want to be the ones to knock them down. That, and I am terrified they will fall on their toes and break their feet. Someone always knocks them down though. They usually last 1-3 days.
It seems like a fun little hobby. Maybe one day I'll challenge the kids to a rock stack off.
Going to a pumpkin patch in fall has become a family tradition. I still haven't found the perfect farm so we have gone to several different ones over the years. The one we went to this year was not my favorite but we still had fun.
This little picture set up was cute.
The face painting was outstanding. The people painting faces were part of some kind of art class so they did a really good job.
Penelope's cupcake was really good, and she loved it. But by the time I took the second picture she was mad because I told her we weren't going to wait in the long line to go on the swing.
They had a band playing blue grass type music and a couple of food vendors. We tried the brick oven pizza. It was good but the only toppings were kale and squash, and once it cooled off in about 3 minutes it wasn't very good at all. It was fun to try though. I'm not sure what face Scarlett and Bob are making in this next picture. :)
After lunch we went to pick out pumpkins. There was a very long line to pay for them and not very many pumpkins left. Maybe you have to come very early to get a good pumpkin. We ended up leaving and driving to walmart where everyone picked out their own $5 pumpkin. Next year I want to do another corn maze, and maybe try a pumpkin patch with more things for the kids to do.
One great thing about the zoo is that it is always different. We've been quite a few times recently and every time we go there is one animal that seems to take the spotlight. One animal that is doing something different than usual. One animal that we spend more time on than we usually do. One animal that peaks the kids interests and gets them wanting to learn more. This trip was all about the Koalas.
According to the internet Koalas sleep between 18 and 22 hours a day! That is an awfully lot of sleep. When we visit them at the zoo they are almost always sleeping. But on this day we saw one Koala wide awake. She was receiving acupuncture.
She is the zoos oldest Koala and the acupuncture helps her move around with less pain. She was wide awake and we spend some time watching her. After they pulled the needles out they gave her a little back massage.
Koalas are one of my favorite animals. If you look behind us in the picture above you can see a koala in the tree behind us.
The orangutans were also extra active when we watched them. Probably because they were feeding them.
We were also lucky enough to see the cheetah being fed.
Occasionally while jogging on the beach I run into something that makes me pull out my phone and take a picture. Sometimes running on sand can be hard but it is totally worth it.
I see a lot of crab and lobster tails on the sand. This was the first whole crab I saw, the body of it was probably about 5 inches wide. It was a good size.
We also saw a boat crashed up on the beach. Different parts of the boat were spread out along the shore. I didn't get a picture of it but we were sure it was a boat when we saw the plastic side with the name printed on it. I saw this chunk of it down by the Tijuana river.
One day I was surprised to see this sting ray on the beach. It probably had a diameter of 20 inches across the circle part of it. I didn't know there were sting rays in the water near us. When I showed Bob he wasn't happy. He doesn't like the idea of these things swimming around with him.
And lastly a sunset pic. We started seeing dolphins which is really fun. Some days there are quite a few and other times we will go days without seeing one. I'm not sure if you can see it in the next picture, maybe if you click on it and make it big. There is a dolphin fin about an inch down into the water under the left edge of the sun. Good luck seeing it!
Tucker and Penelope have been going to weekly Jr. Rangers meetings at the Tijuana River visitors center. I love teaching the kids about nature so whenever I find out about kids activities like this I love to take them. I'd have all the kids do it but they are pretty strict about the seven and up rule.
They learn about different animal and plant wildlife. One time they planted plants. Another time they picked up trash in the estuary.
Their meetings are weekly and only an hour long. That gives Scarlett Leon and I about an hour to hang out. We usually go for walks or check out the visitors center. One time we went home and drove back about 30 minutes later to pick up the kids. I think Scarlett and Leon really enjoy the walks though.
Last time we saw a rabbit, lizard, squirrel, frog, and lots of different kinds of birds including ducks.
The visitors center is small but the kids seem to find plenty of ways to entertain themselves.