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WHALES! (And More)


Trinidad retreat
Beach, BIG trees, Banana slugs,
WHALE of a good time!

On my last weekend as a Redding resident, we indulged in a three-day Trinidad retreat (north coast of California). We rented a gorgeous house with this view from the backyard:

Home Sweet Home

There were delicious home cooked meals with fireplace peep s’mores for dessert. We walked on the beach…


and through the forest. In the picture below, my friends humored me when I suggested they spell “BIG” with their bodies in front of what is known as the “BIG Tree.” Good people ūüôā

BIG tree

We even surfed a fallen giant!




Two whales!
Two whales! (You have to find these ones for yourself ūüėČ )

I literally jumped for joy when I heard from another beach visitor that there were whales within sight of shore. We also saw whales from that beautiful backyard oasis pictured above and that happens to be where these pictures were taken. This was a dream come true, and it inspired the first draft of the haiku for this post:

Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale!
Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale!
Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale! Whale!

I know, a masterpiece!

Not to be outdone by its massive marine mammal competition, the redwood forest banana slugs put on quite a display. This little guy is a mighty muncher!

This one was the funniest of the bunch:

Banana Slug Banana

It was a grand way to end my time as a northern California resident. Thanks friends!

Beach Wedding

Beach Alter

Beach waves for church bells
Best wishes Cady and Jeff!
Beautiful wedding

On June 5, I had the privilege of being at the wedding of one of my favorite people: Cady, and her wonderful husband Jeff. They were married on Fripp Island off the coast of South Carolina. With sand in our toes and the sound of waves rolling up on the shore, we watched them take their vows. It was a perfect wedding for the two of them.

I hope I will have more pictures to share soon.

(This post also falls under the category of why I have been so behind on posting, particularly because I also took advantage of my more easterly locale to visit my parents in Delaware for four days.)

Reconnecting with Clemson friends - clearly the wind had other ideas for my hair.
Reconnecting with Clemson friends – clearly the wind had other ideas for my hair.
Wedding reception = Backyard bash!
Wedding reception = Backyard bash!