A Whale of a Good Time!

Cadet and i taking a nap....

Cadet and i taking a nap….

A couple of weeks ago volunteers from the Mendocino Area Parks Association and Point Cabrillo Light Keepers went on a whale watching boat – the Trek II. Here are some photos. 

All photos courtesy of Valerie Marshall:

Good Day for Spotting Whales!

Good Day for Spotting Whales!

Wow!

Wow!

Looks like this whale is having a great time.

Looks like this whale is having a great time.

Wish I could have gone along

Wish I could have gone along

OK, that is all I have to say, just wanted to share the great pics from Valerie as I know many of you really enjoy seeing whales.

DDD

DDD

 

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Wow! Another great concert at Point Cabrillo Light Station.

Me Hard at Work at the East House

Me Hard at Work at the East House

Hi Everybody,

Well the good folks at Point Cabrillo are at it again! They have scheduled the first concert for this year and it looks like fun to me (Of course Dillon is judging this by the fact a picture of the lighthouse is on the poster…). Mom, Dad and I have been to the lighthouse for concerts and it is really fun, we had a great time.

So if you want to attend you better buy tickets soon as these concerts sell out Really fast.

 

This looks like great fun!

This looks like great fun!

Ok, thanks for reading my blog.

DDD

DDD

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New Fences at Point Cabrillo Light Station

Me Hard at Work at the East House

Me Hard at Work at the East House

HI Everybody,

I have not posted anything about our regular visits to the East House lately so thought I would now. Dad and I went out yesterday (Sunday April 6) to do our docent thing and found out they are building new fences!

This is great news as the old fences were falling apart and did not look good. Dad had his camera for a change and took some pics. I am not sure they are that exciting but sometimes I have to let Dad do his thing,  after all he does feed me everyday… I will ask Dad to take more pics when the fences are finished, I bet they will look better.

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OK, well thanks for reading my blog,

DDD

DDD

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Seal Monitoring Training being offered at MacKerricher April 12, 2014

 

Cadet and i taking a nap....

Cadet and i taking a nap….

Hi Everybody,

Our friend Fred who is the head interpreter for state parks in our area sent this out and thought I would share. Cadet (see above pic) and I would love if you could attend. Seals like Cadet need all the help they can get. Here is the message that Fred sent out:

Hello,

You are invited to attend the upcoming MacKerricher seal monitoring training on April 12, 2014, 9 am to 12:30 p.m. Joleen Ossello and I will be sending out more information to try and recruit some new volunteers. Please let me know if you can attend. 

  • MacKerricher Offfice
  • 9 am-9:15 Introductions
  • 9:15-10:00 seals and sea lions – Dave Alden
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:10-10:50 Marine Mammal Center/Seal Rescue/Seal Fence – Dave Alden
  • 10:50-11:10 Sign Ups/Paperwork – Fred Andrews
  • 11:10 Break
  • 11:20-12:30 Seal Rookery – Dave and Fred

Drinks and snacks provided.

Fred Andrews

State Park Interpreter II

Mendocino District

California State Parks

12301 N. Hwy 1

Mendocino, CA 95460

Phone: (707)961-0471

Fax: (707) 961-1287

Please note my new email

Fred.Andrews@parks.ca.gov

If you can attend let Fred know and thanks for reading my blog.

DDD

DDD

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Gray Whale Sighting!

Cadet and i taking a nap....

Cadet and i taking a nap….

Hi Everybody,

Our friend Fred who is an interpreter with state parks sent us these pics of a gray whale that came really close to shore at Mackerricher State Park.

Thanks Fred for the pictures, they are terrific.

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Ok, just wanted to share the pics so I am going now,

DDD

DDD

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Kent/Spring Ranch Barns to be Preserved!

Here I am in the RAIN at the Kent/Spring Ranch Barns

Here I am in the RAIN at the Kent/Spring Ranch Barns

As part to of the Little River Whale Festival the Mendocino Area Parks Association along with State Parks sponsored a tour of the Kent/Spring Ranch Barns. Usually I do not get excited about barns (actually Dillon never gets excited about barns…) but in this case they are very special. Dad and I went on the tour and had a lot of fun except I had to wear my raincoat because it was raining and I hate my raincoat.

Anyway, the tour was led by our friends Loren Rex, Mendocino District Sector Superintendent (DPR), Carolyne, Executive Director of the Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA), Hilarie who is on the MAPA board and Jason Smith of the California/Nevada Barn Alliance.  Jason knows a Lot about old buildings and he gave us a bunch of information (actually Dillon was preoccupied with another dog on the tour so am not sure how much he heard).  

Kent/Spring Ranch Barn

Kent/Spring Ranch Barn

A Kent/Spring Ranch Barn Interior, not doing too well as you can see!

A Kent/Spring Ranch Barn Interior, not doing too well as you can see!

Kent/Spring Ranch Barn

Kent/Spring Ranch Barn

If you would like to contribute to restoring the barns that would be great. If you get a chance to see the barns I think you will really enjoy them. The barns are on property that is part of Van Damme State Park along Highway 1 between Mendocino and Little River. You cannot go inside them but they are neat to look at from the outside and the view is amazing according to Dad (Dillon is too short to see a view much of anything except the grass). 

OK, well thanks for reading my blog,

DDD

DDD

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Baby Seal Rescued at MacKerricher State Park!

Cadet and i taking a nap....

Cadet and i taking a nap….

As many of you know I like baby seals a lot. Well our friend Fred Andrews who is an interpreter with the State Parks sent Dad this message and I wanted to share. I too was an orphan so this is very special to me.

This afternoon a park visitor reported to  park employee Richard Enochs seeing a baby seal on the beach at MacKerricher State Park. Richard called me and I went out to investigate. I found the harbor seal pup at the south end of the rookery. This is the earliest in the season I have ever seen a harbor seal pup along the Mendocino Coast. I called the Marine Mammal Center to report the pup. The seal pup’s mom was nowhere to be seen. Stan Anderson and Eleanor Harvey, two trained Marine Mammal Center volunteers, came to assess the seal. The seal is only a few days old. It still has part of its umbilical cord attached. The seal was put into a crate and is on its way to the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands to be cared for. Thank you also to park volunteer Rhonda Kelley who drove the gator out with the crate to pick up the seal. We named the seal Easy Beezy. It was relatively easy to put the seal in the crate.

 

Fred Andrews

State Park Interpreter II

Mendocino District 

Best of all here is a pic of the baby seal:

Easy Beezy

Easy Beezy

Cadet (Dillons stuffed seal friend in the pic at the top of the posting) and I both hope Easy Beezy does well. He is soooo cute and looks very lonely!

Thanks for reading my blog,

DDD

DDD

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