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Bloviating Zeppelin: My Trip Is Ending

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Trip Is Ending

Kelp, like Monterey Bay, somehow manages to clog the entrance to Noyo Harbor as well.
The literal "deer in the headlight," except this young doe was caught a few feet from the ocean in complete daylight. She bounded off a short time later!
USCG "Coasties" exit the mouth of Noyo Harbor in their 47' motor lifeboat.
Closeup of one of three USCG MLs assigned to Noyo River Station.
Windswept pines, rocks, vertical cliffs and crashing waves all describe the Fornicalia coast. The weather during our vacation was stunning and clear!

Coasties whip their Noyo River 47' motor lifeboat about in an exercise designed to highlight its maneuverability for students.
Deep into Noyo Harbor adjacent the USCG Station Noyo River. Very few fishing vessels plied the seas whilst we were present. Economy? Price of diesel? Lack of fish? Completely unknown.
All the fishing boats weren't abandoned, however. I noticed an abundance of activity on any number of docked boats, to include this man using some apparent down time to sand a portion of his structure.
Dark green sea grass waves with the incoming and outgoing tides.
"A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His mouth can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week.
I'll be darned if I know how the hell he can."
-Ogden Nash

My honey brought two laptops, I discovered, on our trip to Ft. Bragg. One is an older HP with XP, and the one I'm using now is a new HP Pavilion tx 1000, which is a tablet-type with a remarkably small screen. This unit, however, also runs on Vista -- therefore increasing my learning curve. But that's alright because I'm also learning how to download photos from the Sony Alpha 300 to Vista via cabling instead of CF card.

I downloaded 12 photos from the A300 to the tablet, created a new photo file and hope to post them here (with fingers crossed) in all their alleged 10mp glory. I discovered this laptop will allow me to inject photos into posts unlike the older unit with XP.

In any event, it is now Monday night at 6pm, my wife is relaxing in the Jacuzzi tub with a glass of wine, the sun is lowering in the sky and, as always, we can hear the foghorn and the occasional clank of the bells in the harbor throat. We are listening to Enya's Amarantine via my iPod Nano plugged into the motel's speaker unit.

We have to leave tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 15th, and that's always a sad time signaling, unfortunately, our leaving this nice town and the relaxation it always brings. We made the trip today to one of our two favorite coastal bookstores, the Gallery Bookshop at Main and Kasten in the town of Mendocino. I picked up Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card in paperback as I hadn't read it in years and was looking to renew my touch with OSC.

The moon was full last night and I was staggered by the beautiful luminescence at 5am this morning as it shone perfectly over the waves at the mouth of Noyo Harbor. Unfortunately, my tripod was in the back of the RAV-4 at the time, precisely where it should not have been, had I been halfway intelligent which, predominantly, I amn't. Yes, that's a new word.

I hope to rectify that error tomorrow morning and, moreover, post the photographic take.

In the meantime, more photos (with commentary) for your perusal from this current trip.



Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Sounds like a great departure from the troubles of the world. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Mon Oct 13, 10:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Average American said...

Beautiful pictures BV. Isn't technology great! I just upgraded from XP to vista, and I'm not even close to being used to it yet. Somethings about XP I liked better, but I sure have a LOT more memory now! Well, I don't but my computer does.

Tue Oct 14, 12:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Ranando said...

Hey, wait a minute it's only the 14th not the 15th, maybe you have another day, LOL.

Great pics, be safe

Tue Oct 14, 05:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Oh boy, Ranando, don't we WISH we had another day!!


Tue Oct 14, 09:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

Wonderful pics, BZ. I saved the ones of the California Coast and the Pelican for wallpapers. They're gorgeous!

I have lived near the California Coast. Morrow Bay, to be exact. The scenery is amazing there.The view of that famous humongous rock out in the water is phenominal!

Tue Oct 14, 10:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

An afterthought: California is so gorgeous that if all the liberals left I would be highly tempted to move back.

Tue Oct 14, 10:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Alaska Steve said...

BZ - GREAT photos, thanks for posting them. I'm taking a hard look at that Sony Alpha - all the reviews seem great and the price point is friendly - so please email me or post to blog any impressions over the next few months, I respect your opinions . . . sounds like a great break from the grind and you described it so well - cheers!

Tue Oct 14, 01:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

Enjoy your days in the sun and relax and try to forget what's going on in the real world. You deserve abreak.

Tue Oct 14, 03:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AA: I'm not much used to Vista either, but I only encounter it on my wife's tablet, not my work or personal big desktop at home.

Alaska Steve: good point. I'm still learning a few things on it but, at first blush, I'm glad I spent the money which, actually, wasn't a heckuva lot considering it's EASY to spend $1,500+ for a DSLR body only, these days. After only a week of shooting, I must say that I am very please. I'll be making a full post about the camera likely this weekend -- I'd enjoy your comments on the post!


Wed Oct 15, 09:23:00 AM PDT  

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