Image Quest Family Camping - "Monarch Butterflies and Elephant Seals"

Pismo Beach, CA - Feb 16-17, 2008

For the first time in living memory, it did NOT rain for this trip. Another adventure with great cooking from Irene, and good sightseeing was had by all.

The moon and Saturn were the astro highlights

smoking a pair of marshmallows

yum (not!)

Max beats those eggs, prep for breakfast

A poppy, at the San Simeon Elephant Seal Reserve

Winter is mating season. This male is taking a break between fights

Pups maximize their mutual warmth, (given their blubbery shape)

Two male square off

The loser files a loud complaint

Has this fellow made it to first base? ... hard to tell.

Lunch at San Simeon; Max and Eric

Kim and Natalie wait for the goodies


Irene's outstanding home-made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies were a big hit

A cluster of Monarch butterflies at the Pismo Monarch Reserve

But a Great Horned Owl stole the attention

The Boyds - posing and cookng

Caught in the act - PB&J instead of Irene's fine chicken/rice dinner?? What were they thinking?

After dinner 'smores... Natalie and Kim are all smiles

Kim - Science Decathalon veteran - protype'ing a new 'smores technique; burying the chocolate into the marshmallow before roasting

Sparks will fly...

Fire maiden

Dave bundling up his BoBo

A long walk on the beach worked off dinner and 'smores for the gang. Kim is caligraphating in the sand here, just before a dune truck roars by.

Thanks, Dave, Irene and the gang, for pulling off another classic family adventure!