Little Tongue Out Tuesday

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I started back to school this week, so I probably won’t be posting quite as frequently as I have been. Stay tuned, though. I’m working on a  post about one of Kona’s favorite subjects – DOG TOYS!

We didn’t want to miss out on Tongue Out Tuesday, so Kona gave me a little tongue shot. We call it #LittleTOT.

*Note to myself: maybe if I had some peanut butter? Just sayin’

Have a terrific Tuesday.

 

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The Wait

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One of our favorite camping spots is in Julian, California. We woke up very early on this cold February morning and quietly spied on a group of wild turkeys hanging out near our motorhome. Kona was mesmerized.
Did you know that turkeys fly up into the trees at night to sleep? I didn’t know these big birds could fly until we heard them above us, gobbling to each other as the morning light crept in.

As they flew down and started strutting through our campground, Kona was itching to get out and chase them, but I wasn’t going to take a chance with those sharp beaks and massive talons. 

This turned out to be a special trip. Sharing space so close to the turkeys gave me a new appreciation of their intelligence and social skills. Listening to them calling back and forth to each other in the darkness of the trees was pretty special. I’m sure kona experienced his own kind of appreciation for these large birds.

 

A Back Bay Kind of Day

Yesterday Kona and I ventured out to the Back Bay in Newport Beach. The weather was perfect in the morning with just enough cloud cover to keep it cool, and plenty of new scents for Kona to investigate.

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We shared the road with joggers, walkers, and cyclists. Luckily, there are three lanes for each activity, so we didn’t bump into anybody. Next visit, to avoid the crowds, we’ll arrive earlier in the morning or come during the week.

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Unfortunately, I forgot dog treats, so getting Kona to look at me is going to take some doing. Kona’s rule: no treats, no lookie into camera.

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The Back Bay is officially the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve, and is a home for thousands of birds, many endangered. We saw some ducks, but strongly advised Kona against chasing them out of the water.

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There were many little wild flowers. I especially loved these white ones.

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Beautiful homes overlook the bluffs. This would be a perfect place to observe wildlife while the sun is rising or setting.DSC_0024

We headed back to the car just as the sun started to shine through the clouds.

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Overall, I’d say this was a very successful new adventure. I wouldn’t hesitate to make a return visit.

Cheers to a fabulous Sunday evening, friends!

~ Woofs and wags, Lori & Kona

Making Contact

I’m going to let you in on a dog photography trade secret. Kona’s been trying to teach me this for a while, and after many frustrating photo sessions with him refusing to look directly into the camera, I think I’ve finally gotten the hint.

Are you ready for the big secret?

TREATS

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TREATS

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NO TREATS

Yep. Dogs are a simple bunch. Eat, play, poop, pee, sniff. If you want them to look into your camera, show them the FOOD!

finally remembered to bring some cut up cheese on our last adventure and it was a SUCCESS! An all around win-win. I got eye contact, and Kona got a delicious treat. 🙂

Dog Days of Summer at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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We woke up to bright sunshine this morning, instead of the usual June gloom. I decided it was a perfect day to hike the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Kona agreed.

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Kona seemed to enjoyed exploring new scents from the multitude of critters that pass through this reserve, and like clockwork, sneaks away from me to get a quick roll on a dead bird when my back is turned. Dead birds = stinky puppy.

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There is usually a wide variety of birds hanging out next to the water’s edge, ranging from beautiful cranes to predatory hawks and vultures.

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The wetlands have a unique beauty. I love the huge, rusty old oil pumps seesawing slowly, groaning and squeaking. Growing up in Huntington Beach, these were always a part of the urban scenery.

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Cactus bloom is a part of the indigenous landscape.

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Sunshine with a cool breeze. All-in-all it was a lovely afternoon spent with my boy.

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Saturday Shopping at Pacific City

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Saturday morning is made for window-shopping at Pacific City.

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Though not all the stores are open yet, there are some really great restaurants and a wide variety of shops.

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One of my favorite stores.

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Kona’s favorite store. Well, not the bath part of it.

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This place smells great! Let’s go in! Hey, who’s that looking at me? She’s kinda cute…

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Just a little lick. They’ll never know.

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Which way is the beach? Are we going swimming now?

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The view from the restaurants isn’t too shabby.

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There’s plenty of outdoor seating available, and a few glass-fire pits for chillier evenings.

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Okay, okay I’ll look at the camera. Sheesh!

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Most of the stores were still closed so we got to peer in and snap lots of pics without disturbing anybody.

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Have a superb Saturday, friends!

 

Dog Day Afternoon, Ocean Style

On this fine Saturday morning Kona and I started off to Dog Beach. As we were cursing along Coast Highway, the traffic became thick with brake lights and people were swarming the are. Oh crap. I finally realized it was the final weekend of the US Surf Open.

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Luckily, we got through downtown without a glitch and found great parking. This guy found great parking too.

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Good ol’ Ruby’s Diner. Back when I was a kid it was The End Cafe, before it was destroyed by huge waves in 1983.

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No, bub, I’m not following you into the water just yet.

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Harbor Patrol keeping it safe.

DSC_0021Remember what happened last time you drank salt water? Highly undesirable after-effects.

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Rottie-love.

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C’mon already! It’s time to get wet!

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Pretty houses on the way back to the car.

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More pretty houses. Some were empty! Do people actually live here?

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 Cheers to a fabulous weekend!