What? What? A post on a Friday? I know, it’s been ages. I’ve missed posting on here more frequently, actually. And I wanted to sneak this one in before my “big” article next week and the subsequent guest posts.
Besides, what better way to start the weekend, than with a little subversiveness?
Hey Tea Party, guess what? This janky sign is so San Francisco. You can almost hear the yawn that went into writing it. Out of the frame on the left, the “barrier” had been left open as a walking path.
It’s Beach Season here in the Bay. Baker Beach might technically be a part of the National Park Service, but it’s pretty clear who takes ownership. There were 5xs the amount of people by the time we left.
We walked through the empty parking lot (everyone had left their cars around the parameter) and began the short descent down to the shore. Halfway there, I saw something out in the water.
Something big. And close to shore.
I shrieked and we ran down to the water’s edge, just as they headed towards deeper water. They came close again by the end of the visit, but I’m making you wait (like 3 minutes) until the end of this post.
The artic terns were migrating through.
Just like the fox and squirrels on the White House lawn, animals are taking the government shutdown as an opportunity to rewild public spaces.
Fern experimented with gravity and impermanence, making her mark in the sand for the waves to nibble.
Since moving to SF in 1997, I have only seen our harbor porpoises, small brown cetaceans, a handful of times. The whale migration can be spotted from our beaches too, and I’ve seen spouts down in Daly City. But never have I seen a bottlenose dolphin off our coast.
Until two days ago…
Such a thrill! Fern was mildly interested, but had a hard time spotting them. Then yesterday, apparently tired of hearing me talk about it, she announced, “I don’t really like animals”.
Me: Oh really?
Fern: No, I only like fancy stuff.
Me: Dolphins aren’t fancy? They’re shiny and blue.
Fern: Oh yeah! And sharks are black! So sharks are fancier than dolphins.
And there you have it folks. This is the astounding accomplishment of engaging your daughter in environmental education.
She has great taste in rocks though…
Have a great weekend!