Little Bear's Adventure's
Laguna Beach, California
Here I am on a rock, early in the morning.
I'm soft and furry. The rock is hard and sandy... but we look so much alike.
I was happy for my camouflage.
You can barely see me on this rock, but I am there. Watching the waves.
I was also watching the gulls.
And they were looking...
They looked very serious. They looked seriously hungry.
None of those seagulls spotted me.
I was glad.
Out of all my adventures, I have never been swooped up in a bird's beak. I hope that never happens.
Close Call in the Garden
I've climbed around on lots of cactus in Texas. This garden in Monterey had lots of different plants with thorns and prickles. Dangerous.
I avoided the big, sharp point at the top of this succulent.
What is this anyway? Agave? I don't know. It's not a cactus, because it has leaves. I know just about that much.
I don't weight very much, so these prickles didn't bother me.
Beth said the prickles and my fur were just like Velcro... working together.
There was a breeze, but I didn't fall off. I'm glad I have fur or this would have been an itchy place to sit.
Who knows what this plant is? I just know that I enjoyed the smooth, slippery green surface!
I begged Beth to lift the leaf tip a bit so I could use it like a slide.
She refused. She said I'd tumble off and I would be very hard to find.
Not So Comfy
I didn't love this one.
It was like sitting on some kind of backwards pincushion... or riding on a porcupine's back. Not fun.
Suddenly Beth spotted a big Century Plant that made her get all sentimental for some reason. She said it reminded her of being 10 and eating taffy.
She said she first remembered seeing plants like this, when she moved to Florida as a kid. The leaves always reminded her of one of her favorite treats. Flat taffy. I didn't get it.
Sitting on the Century Plant
So she put me on the top of a thick, curling, ribbon-like leaf. I could have used it like a slide, but I didn't get a chance.
Beth stepped further back and took this photo, just as a gust of wind invaded. She pulled the camera back and said, "Where is he?" The ground below was dense with growth. She had no clue where to begin looking. Luckily Don had been watching and knew which direction I'd fallen.
No More Poses
After a stressful few minutes of searching, I was scooped up and placed back in the camera bag.
I heard Beth tell Don that there were so many more photo ops that she'd have to pass on.
Sometimes I'm happy to get back in that camera bag!
Good View in Big Sur
"Succulents & Sunshine"
I might have to write a song.
I wanted to sing about the glowing green plant I was sitting on. And the warm sunshine...
But instead I just hummed "Happy Birthday" from my little perch on the plant. I don't think Don heard me.
Today is his birthday. Don and Beth are traveling in California and they hiked up a pathway in Big Sur. They found this view and they saw whales. I was just glad they brought me along and I got pulled out of the camera bag.
It was a bit of a zoo. Big shoes kept clomping on the pavement around me, as I sat smack dap in the middle of a handprint. But I wouldn't budge. It took me a long time to find this spot.
It took me forever, searching the area in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. I was looking for the spot where two hands and two bare feet made prints in 1935.
Most of the famous actors left shoe footprints, but Shirley Temple used her feet. I like that. She is my favorite. She was kind of small... like me.
Lily Pond Adventure
Mission San Juan Capistrano
It was very peaceful at the lily pond.
I heard about the swallows that come here in March. It's May now, but I was still hopeful. I floated blissfully on my lily pad, gazing about. It would have made my day to have seen a swallow near the historic mission!
Instead of a sweet bird sound, I felt a bump from beneath my lily pad! Then I saw something orange approaching from my left!
Next thing I knew, there were about five fish underneath me and my little pad was rocking like the boat in Jaws!
Beth actually laughed like she thought it was funny. She snatched me and placed me back in the camera bag. I do not see the humor. The mouths on those fish open very wide. That is my last ride on a lily pad.
Happy May Day!
May Day 2014
Guess how I'm spending May Day?
I'm sitting on a pretty white fence...
And I'm smelling the flowers!
I love the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA!
Bird of Paradise
I love being in tropical places, with colorful plants and animals. Here I am combining my love of plants and animals, by sitting on a bird of paradise plant!
The Bird's Head
I guess I'm sitting in the orange feathers, that are on top of this funny bird's head.
I'm on a plant in front of the Del Coronado Hotel! I'd rather climb the roof.
This wonderful old hotel on Coronado Island in San Diego, is my favorite. I got to sit in my favorite plant and stare at my favorite roof of all time.
I like watching the people go by, too. They don't notice me. If only it were 56 years ago, then maybe I would see Marilyn Monroe or Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis walk by... between shoots of "Some Like it Hot".
Now I'm going to have to watch that movie!
My Favorite Friends
A Year Ago
Here I am in 2012 with Beth's nephew in California. He was the one who inspired Beth 3 years ago, to get out the camera and take pictures of me. She made a silly book as a gift and never stopped taking pictures.
Thomas the Train!
This was just my size. We had a very good time together.
Last week we visited again and we went on a hike way up above the Bay Area. I was surprised at how much hiking a 3-year old can do!
Little hands are much better at posing a little bear.
This year I got to meet someone new and I got held with even smaller hands.
A Baby Brother
Look at me! I have been out-cuted for sure.
And I promise you, Beth's hand was holding that little elbow... so I never had the adventure of getting any closer to the mouth.
I'm missing my little buddies already.
Yesterday in Tahoe
Yesterday I sat in snow in South Lake Tahoe. It was cold, but this ice today is colder.
All the thin lines on the ice make me think of ice skating...
Come to think of it, ice skating is something I would like to try. But as you can see, my foot is getting much worse. Beth keeps trying to fix it, but the stuffing is falling out.
I'll just have to sit here and enjoy the view.
I was exhausted after working so hard in the sand.
When I finished making this impressive sand structure, I just took a rest above the heart shape (on the left) with the words April 29, 2014.
Well... maybe someone else made the sand castle. I lied.
Hotel Del Coronado
But it was a really long hike back to the Hotel del Coronado! And that's no lie.
The Golden Gate Bridge!
I usually complain about posing with flowers. But I'm smiling here. Can you tell?
Look what's behind me!
That would be the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco! Just over a week ago (look back in blog) I was complaining because Beth and Don drove over this bridge and didn't bother to let me get out!
Pose on the Bridge?
Beth and Don walked all the way across the bridge and back. I heard Beth talking about posing me on the railing. I enjoy some risky photo shoots now and then, but I was relieved when she decided on the flower pose.
That railing is NOT flat!
Quick Stop in San Francisco
I Love Bridges
San Francisco has some good ones. I flew into the city yesterday and hoped to stop at the Bay Bridge like I did last year.
I got to spend a little time gazing out over the water towards the Bay Bridge.
I had a close call. That gull could have swooped me up in his beak like a tasty crumb.
Imagine the adventures I could have had...when he realized I wasn't a crumb and dropped me into a sailboat...
Lame picture and a Lame visit!
This year, I just sat in the camera bag as Beth and Don drove through snarling traffic. Something about a big accident on Bay Bridge and taking 3 hours to get to Tahoe. I peeked out of the bag and noticed we were going over the Golden Gate Bridge...at sunset! They could have put me on the dash...or pulled over at the viewing area. Too much in a hurry. I'm really frustrated with them!
Hot Winter in Houston!
These hot muggy temps are making Little Bear reflect on the past...
He recalls nervously sitting on a pinecone, observing his first snow in Lake Tahoe.
And he remembers trying to ski in Utah...
He was still unsure of that wet stuff! He insisted the ski tip be wiped clean for his close up.
But in Colorado he explored the snow in numerous ways.
He posed with horses near the train depot.
He found a fence near a sidewalk...good people watching.
Fur is a useful thing for enjoying the snow. The Bear is not making much use of his in Texas this winter.