More stuff I did with my little cousins…

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No, Clark, your brother isn’t ‘blurry’… he looks like that because I too the picture while he was swinging back and forth… and you have something on your face…

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So we took the little scamps to a children’s play ‘museum’ in a mall in Santa Cruz.

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It is one of Clarks favorite things to do.

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Little four-week-old Campbell was asleep in the stroller… which is an amazing thing… but, once again, we will get to that later.

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There were lots of cute kids here, and I played with them, but I didn’t take any pictures of an area until it was deserted… because taking pictures of stranger’s kids can be a little creepy.

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Ooooh… the magic sand… I don’t know how they make that stuff, but it is much cooler than regular sand.

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Oh…

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And next time I visit, I plan to work with Clark on ‘pretzel-to-mouth-size ratios’…

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Okay, one more post about my adorable little cousins… for today…

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You can’t get much cuter than that, can you?

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But you can try.

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The little town above Santa Cruz where my cousin live is absolutely beautiful.

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We took Clark down to a little stream near their house.

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He climbed on a big fish carved from a tree stump.

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It was a cute stream.

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Then we took Clark to the park.

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I think he liked it.

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And I took that picture because it looks like those two leaves are holding hands.

 

 

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Clark is workin’ the camera…

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My little cousin… doing the full Vogue…

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Oh yeah… bubble wrap…

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Not the scrunchy face!!!

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After spending the day with my cousins, my wife, Mollie and I stopped by the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk… Mollie looks just like her mom, doesn’t she?

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The Boardwalk is more fun during the day. When you go on the rides, you can see the Pacific Ocean stretching away beside you.

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We just walked around for a while. Mollie had never seen the Boardwalk before.

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I did want to win one of those ‘Dia De La Muerta’ stuffed doll things though…

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Or maybe go in the haunted house…

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My two adorable little cousins… (or); Why I came home late from my latest adventure…

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So, on the way home from the Bay Area, I stopped in Santa Cruz to visit my cousins. I should say ‘we’ stopped, because I had Mollie with me, and my wife, who flew up for the last days at my mom’s house. That is little Campbell. He is only four-weeks-old.

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How cute is he?

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There is my other little cousin, Clark. You might remember him from earlier posts.

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There is no feeling like a baby on your lap.

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I think Mollie took most of these pictures.

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Good job, Mollie!

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Awwwwwww!

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He looks like a happy little guy, right? He is just looking up at me, wondering what strange noises I am going to make next.

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But he actually spends most of his time looking like this… and that’s why I stuck around for a few extra days to help out… but we will get in to that later.

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For now, just think of him looking like this.

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And think of me looking like this…

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And don’t worry, I have plenty more pictures of these little guys… and some other really cool stuff.

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The last sunset…

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Well, here it is, the last sunset pictures from my mom’s deck in the hills just North of Berkeley, California.

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It’s funny how sometimes nature saves the best for last.

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It was one of those sunsets that a photo doesn’t do justice to.

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A magical moment in time.

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And colors that there are no words for.

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Wait… I’m pretty sure that’s not a dog…

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On my last full day in the Bay Area, I went down to my favorite spot by the bay to pet a few dogs and take a few pictures… you know… like I do… And while I sat on my favorite bench, missing my dog and petting other peoples’ dogs, I glanced down and saw this little guy right by my feet. He kept popping out of his hole to grab those little plants and pull them back down. I don’t know if he was lining his nest, making a bed, or filling his larder.

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If, by now, you are getting sick of pictures of the Bay Area and sunsets, I will have you know that we are getting very near to the end of this part of adventure.

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That’s weird… every other day I went to this spot, the heat inland was drawing in the fog, but it was always the top of the Golden Gate towers that were covered, not the rest of the bridge… maybe I better wait five minutes…

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There you go. That’s more like it. You can always count on the fog.

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I’m not sure if you realize how close this little guy was to me. That blob in the foreground is the tip of my shoe. I could have tapped him on the head with it.

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Okay, goodbye for now, city by the bay. We have one more set of pictures of a sunset from my mom’s deck, and then we are going to meet my adorable little cousins, and then, and exciting drive down the California coast!

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What? Not another Bay Area sunset! Are you kidding me?

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Well, I’m sorry, but I am trying to get through all these pictures I took on my latest adventure.

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I took my mom up Grizzly Peak Boulevard to the Lawrence Hall of Science… you might remember a picture I took of the building from Telegraph Avenue in an earlier post…

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This is a seriously awesome place to watch the sunset.

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You can see an awful lot of the Bay Area from up there.

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Hey, look! It’s the Campanile tower on the U C Berkeley campus, right near where my daughter was still living in a dorm at that pre-med youth camp thing.

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And with the zoom lens, we get to see Alcatraz again.

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Loves me some sunsets.

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And more fog rolling in San Francisco.

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There’s my mom. She got back in the car because it was getting cold. Jeez, Mom, could you try to look like you are happy I am here?

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That’s more like it… I guess… unless you were saying: ‘can we go now, or do you need to take more pictures for your blog?’…

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I tried to stay until all the lights came on.

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But the sunset was taking forever.

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I did get a couple shots of the lights… but man, if you move just a bit with the zoom lens, it really shows…

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Maybe I should have brought the tripod. That is a lot of backwards question marks.

 

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