Totally Cool, Dude - September 4-12, 2012

Yes... Totally Cool is what the past week at Huntington Beach has been.  Fantastic weather, visits with friends, time with mom and lots of walking, biking and fishing!!!

During one of our beach walks to the Jetty,
we actually saw a Green Sea Turtle!!
We immediately thought of Crush, from Finding Nemo!!
Not sure if it was a Dude or Dudette;o)) 
Just know it was a symbol of the
week we have had here!!!
We did a little surf fishing with
our good friends, Bill and Cris.

Cris was the only one to catch a real fish!!
Nancy and I managed to catch those ugly Puffer fishes;o((
But of course it really isn't about the fish,
it's about time with friends!!!
(Sorry Bill J. must have a spot on the lens;o))
Bill J. and I managed to get in a round of golf as well:o))

We had a surprise visit from other friends.
Steve and Evin, RV-Dreamers, who are headed to Florida
manage to snag a site next to us for one night.
Their new Ellite Suites fifth wheel is beautiful
and REALLY huge.  Makes Baby look like a preemie;o))

They are on their way to Knights Key in Florida for the winter. We appreciate the fact that they came out of their way to visit with us.  It was nice to see them again!!
Safe Travels and Happy Trails!!!
We spend a lot of time at Huntington Beach State Park because it is only 3 miles from where Nancy's Mom lives.  We had Sunday Brunch at her beautiful dining room.  Also, Nancy took her shopping for some things for our trip to Pennsylvania the end of September.  The weather was nice enough for Mom to come here for dinner and sit outside to watch the birds at our feeder. However, even if Mom wasn't close by, we would spend a lot of time at this 'Totally Cool' state park. 
We finally got to do some REAL bike riding.  There are lots of places to ride and we can easily rack up some miles and beautiful views!!!

Nancy spent many, many hours walking the Causeway and Boardwalk over the Salt Marsh.  Just so much nature to see in both these places:o)))
Roseate Spoonbill

Tri-Colored Heron

Turf Wars...
Great Blue Heron, Wood Stork, Snowy Egret

Juvenile American Bittern

Green Heron

Juvenile White Ibis

One of our favorites....The Osprey
Of course, we love to see the Alligators!!
Notice the fish getting out of his way;o))
This time, at low tide, we saw some alligator action
we have never seen before...

The alligator and birds gather in the small tidal pools.
The alligator would roll and the fish would jump.
That gave the birds a chance to feed and
he would then take a big BITE!!

Down the hatch!!!

This action continued over and over!!
I guess alligators prefer fish to poultry?!?!?

We racked up many miles enjoying
the 'TOTALLY COOL' beach:o))
The Dunes

The Waves

The Jetty



and all the many TREASURES!!!
This last photo is really what it's all about....
Spending time doing what you love
with your BEST buddie!!
Yep, it was a 'TOTALLY COOL' week!!



  1. Reading your blog, and looking at the pictures...we will be there in a little over a month! Can't wait to see all this in person!

  2. Oh I'm eating my heart out over this. Your pictures are fabulous!! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! and then Enjoy some more for me.

  3. Looks like a wonderful place, and we'll be there soon to enjoy it with you and all the others... can't wait!!!

  4. Great week. Love turtles, puffer fish - not so much.

  5. We saw a turtle when we were on the jetty too. So cool to see what all is out there when you take the time to slow your pace! It must have been fascinating to see the alligators in action like that too. See you soon!

  6. Huntington Beach has become our favorite, the great bike riding and the nature, not to mention the beach. The pictures of the wildlife are fabulous!

    Looking forward to the Carolina Clan Reunion!

    Bruce and Laura

  7. Wow, looks like a wonderful place to visit. It is now on our list and thanks for sharing the great pictures.

  8. That is a great picture of Crush, not just in a picture, or in 3D, but in REAL D! A money shot, for sure.

    Looking forward to the Carolina Clan gathering at HBSP. Glad to know we'll have some experienced tour guides. :c)

  9. We enjoyed our visit even as short as it was. Just did a post on PUPPY PATHS that shows us biking on the Old 7 Mile Bridge. Did over ten miles yesterday and thought of the two of you. You continue to inspire me.

    Really like your bird and gator photos!!

  10. I love the way the birds have taken advantage of the alligator's feeding habits. Really great photos!

  11. Totally cool is right! Can't wait to get there!

  12. Wonderful anxious to share all this with you! Give us a call when you are in Lancaster.

  13. Thanks so much for showing a Juvenile American Bittern
    We had a young one in our yesterday and I took pictures.
    We were trying to out what kind of bird it was. Thanks.