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The Rios-Caledonia Adobe

Across the street from the historic Mission San Miguel Arcangel, est. 1797, lies the slightly younger (est. 1835), and much less conspicuous, historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe. The what? What the heck is an “adobe”? Some sort of computer software company? No; you’re thinking of quite recent history. An adobe, according to my American Heritage Dictionary (rapidly [...] [...]

Monterey Bay

My recent business trip to Monterey, CA went well. That is to say, there was plenty of opportunity to do some limited sightseeing. Limited to the immediate environs, that is; I did NOT get to drive up to Elkhorn Slough and spend four days there communing with the wetlands. I did, though, get to see [...] [...]

Pinnipeds

As we have in years past, we headed over the mountains from Atascadero to the beach at Piedras Blancas to check in on the breeding population of Northern Elephant Seals there. And, sure enough, they were there, despite the cold wind and bright sunshine: They were a pretty subdued lot this year, though; back in [...] [...]

Why blog about nature?

What is it about the natural world here in Florida that made me start thinking of myself as a naturalist? I certainly had no training as one in California, which arguably has more nature. In the 20+ years that I lived there, I got to know the Pacific Ocean by swimming, bodysurfing, and surfing in [...] [...]