Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Well, the new year is almost upon us, so I guess it's time to make some resolutions. Now, generally I don't make resolutions, because I know I'm very unlikely to keep them. However, in the case of this blog, I will certainly make an effort to follow through.

I think my very first resolution would be to write more blog posts. California is a very large and diverse state and I have been there many times. I should be able to write more posts about places I have been, places I will be going, and places I'd like to go. I have a lot of pictures that I've taken, so should be able to post a lot of new photos, as well. After all, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then my thousands of pictures could tell an epic tale.

My second resolution will be one that I will try to keep as much as possible, but is dependent on vacation time from work and $$$. I would like to take more trips to California, or at least more than one this year. I will be going on another trip in less than three weeks. I am so looking forward to it for a variety of reasons (time away from work, time away from home, and my birthday.) So, if I have both the time and money available, I will certainly try to keep this resolution. After all, there is so much more I have to explore in California.

My third resolution will be to go to new places and see and do new things on my trip (or trips) to California. I've tended to go to the same places and do the same things on my various trips. I mean, if you find something you like to do or places you like to go, then why not go there and do those things? However, I know that there are so many other places I can go, so I should definitely start exploring them.

Well, there you have it, my New Year's resolutions for myself and my blog. Let's see how well I do at keeping them.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Sea Lions are Missing in San Francisco


Just a month or two ago there were record numbers of sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Now it seems they are all gone. I've been to Pier 39 when there have been lots of sea lions, as well as when there have been not so many. It's my understanding that the numbers are seasonal as the sea lions migrate for food or mating. However, the current situation seems to be unusual, since there don't appear to be any sea lions.

Pier 39's website has a live sea lion cam, however it is currently not operational as there are no sea lions to view. When you go to the sea lion cam page you get a couple photos of the sea lions and the following message:
Thanks for checking out PIER 39’s live sea lion web cam! Our sea lion friends are temporarily seeking out alternative food sources, but we expect them to return very soon. In the meantime, check out some photos we took of them over the past few months, and make sure to check back as we await their arrival back to PIER 39!
The sea lions were fun to watch and quite the tourist attraction. Pier 39 is home to the Sea Lion Cafe which is adjacent to the docks the sea lions normally habituate. I hope the sea lions return to Pier 39, because they are certainly not a sight to miss and one that will be missed if they don't return.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Countdown is On...20 Days to Go!

Well, in only 20 more days, I will be back in California. I'm looking forward to the visit for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that the weather will be somewhat better than in Ohio. Today, the temperature is going to be barely 30 for a high...well below the low for the day in San Francisco. So, whether it rains or shines for my vacation...I know it will always be better than home.