As I mentioned in my last post, it rained a lot this year in California. There was chatter about the “superbloom” and not surprisingly a lot of flower tourism. Ferda, my Dad, and I took advantage and visited the Carrizo Plain National Monument for the first time.
Along the way we made a few stops including visiting friends in pretty Santa Cruz.
After so many snorkeling adventures in Raja Ampat Ferda and I were excited to spend a day at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Just like at the aquarium in Singapore we saw some new species and were reminded (obviously, I suppose) that it’s not the same as the real thing. For me the most interesting species was probably the California sheephead which reminded me of the bumphead parrotfish that we saw at Dayan.
Directly on our route south was the Misión San Miguel Arcángel in the tiny village of San Miguel. During Ferda’s first visit to North America we went on a bit of a mission kick so it was fun for us to see another one.
Now for the flowers. The Carrizo Plain did not disappoint.
We also got to see a little rock art SW of the Goodwin Education Center.
The biggest surprise of this short tour was how great the next day was, our last day before returning to Orange County. We spent about five hours at the Camatta Ranch where the flowers were really over the top.
Wow, I’m pretty we’re not supposed to expect that every year!