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Old 02-22-2011, 06:57 AM   #286
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So glad you were able to get those fab wipe-out pics!
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That beach is so pretty! I love the pictures of the pelicans and of the wipeout!
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:36 PM   #288
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Love the pics of the beach and the surfer who wiped out. Perfect timing. The sandwich looks good. I guess everything looks good when your dieting. Well our pre trip is on for march 12th. Keep up the awesome job. Hope mine can be some what good as yours.
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You certainly have some patience, I'm not sure I could have waited that long for one shot. But I see it was totally worth it, very nice picture the pelicans were also a beautiful shot.

Now the question is did he wipe out because he was distracted by the crazy lady on the beach taking photos of him?
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Nice beach photos. I liked the one of the wipeout too!
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So glad you were able to get those fab wipe-out pics!
Believe me....so was I. I'd looked for surfers down near Pismo Beach but because it was a work day, there was hardly anyone out.


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That beach is so pretty! I love the pictures of the pelicans and of the wipeout!
I keep going back because the beach is beautiful!


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Love the pics of the beach and the surfer who wiped out. Perfect timing. The sandwich looks good. I guess everything looks good when your dieting. Well our pre trip is on for march 12th. Keep up the awesome job. Hope mine can be some what good as yours.
Are you doing a pre-pre trip report?? Vegas! Here we come!
You didn't tell us you were on a diet!

Thanks for the compliments.
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You certainly have some patience, I'm not sure I could have waited that long for one shot. But I see it was totally worth it, very nice picture the pelicans were also a beautiful shot.

Now the question is did he wipe out because he was distracted by the crazy lady on the beach taking photos of him?
I don't know what you mean. I didn't see any crazy lady on the beach taking photos of my surfer!!


Seriously, he wouldn't have seen me. He was that far out that it was a wonder that I managed the shots at all!


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Nice beach photos. I liked the one of the wipeout too!
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A Relaxing Afternoon on Vacation – finally!


After lunch, we drove back to the hotel. DS and I rarely take the time out just to sit and do nothing on our vacays…but for some reason, that is exactly what we chose to do this afternoon.

I do wonder if I would have been so amenable with the suggestion if not for a little category called Vacation, yours.

The temperature had hit the high 20’s by this stage (high 70’s or low 80’s), so it was nice to get into our bathers and hit the pool….




…er….spa.




Well, DS hit the pool and spa. I dipped a toe into the unheated pool and opted for the spa.

I found a spot on one of the deck chairs..




…and grabbed this shot for my photo forum category….




(You don’t seriously think I’m silly enough to post a crystal clear shot of my hairy legs, do you?)

….I made sure that we ALL grabbed some relax time.





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Bird Watching at The Inner Bay


Our hotel is within a very short walk to the Inner bay and marshlands. For DS and myself, it is one of the other attractive side benefits of staying here.




And when we have a lazy afternoon or when DH (usually) rings to say that he’s tied up for a bit longer at work, DS and I like to take a walk to see the bird life. It also helps that the walk we take includes a stop at a playground and a number of those exercise equipments that only serve to torment our bodies.

After our afternoon by the spa, we decided to take a bit of time to take a stroll around the marshland. The marshes are just full of birds, particularly this time of year where the birds have migrated here for the winter!

We came across a flock of Canada Geese.




They were sure enjoying eating on the green grass!




Along the walk, we also spotted this bird of winter, feeding








The long-billed curlew is also known as the Candlestick bird. Did you know that Candlestick Park was named after them? These birds were once on the brink of extinction in the 1800’s.

The Snowy Egret is one of my favourite birds in this part of the world. I was hoping to catch this one in action and pouncing on some food floating past; but it just stood still for all the time I was watching.




Definitely another one of those species that at one time was near to extinction. It’s feathers and plumes were used to decorate hats! Looking at this one, you can see that it is just starting to put out its breeding plumage and you can understand why their plumes were so highly sought after.


We also came across the Great Egret.




It was also hunted close to extinction for its plumes. This one just stood look admiring its reflection. Sure didn’t look like it was interested in any food that might have been floating by.


A little bit early in the year; but we also found this beautiful Californian Poppy along this walk.




A really relaxing afternoon for us both!

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Palo Alto


Lately, my MUST GO shop in this part of the world has been Keeble and Shuchat at Palo Alto.

Given the prices for camera equipment in Australia compared to the US, it has completely made sense for us to take our business and shop in the US than to pay what I think are outrageous prices in Australia for exactly the same item.

Whenever we go to the US, DH and I normally agree on and allocate a shopping budget before we go. Usually, my budget goes towards buying clothes. For the last 2 trips, I’ve been putting my budget towards camera gear.

If you’ve been following my previous TRs, you’ll know that the camera that I shoot with was originally meant to be for both of us to share; but really it was more for DH. Well, when we came home from the May 2010 trip, the expensive toy sat in the bag for a month! And then I found the DisBoard photography sub-forum. The camera is now mine and poor DH does not get a look in.

So, when I had mentioned to DH that I was intending on going to K&S, he jumped at the opportunity to tag along.

DS and I waited for DH to finish work and we all jumped in the car and headed off to Palo Alto.

This is the shot of the shop taken from my trusty 17 – 55 mm lens.




This is the shot of the shop, same spot, taken from my NEW 10 – 22 mm Ultra Wild Angle lens.




You might get to enjoy some of this wider angle later on….

And DH? He ended up with a Canon Powershot camera.
Guess who plays with that camera more?

We saved about 35% between the two purchases by buying in the US cf buying in Oz.



Totally happy with our shopping splurge, we headed out to celebrate….over dinner! Given our location, our only choice for dinner was here.




This Cheesecake Factory is located on University Avenue in Palo Alto.




University Avenue is also another favourite haunt of mine. Being close to Stanford University, you’re always guaranteed of plenty of street life and people watching any time of year. And the shops here are pretty entertaining as well. As you can tell from the decorated tree lights, this is a pretty long street.....yes, lots of shops!


We love the fresh, warm bread that the Cheesecake Factory serves.




And DH and I can never go past the Avocado Egg Rolls for an appertizer.




We just love this dish and the one serve is more than plenty for the two of us. DS does not share our love for this dish; but on this night, the signs were good for the future.

The Egg Rolls are usually big enough to serve as a main course…but we decided that we needed to add entrees to our order tonight.

DH decided on the Fish Taco for entrée.




It came with rice and beans.




I had a taste – not sure that I would rush out to order this dish next time.


DS got the spaghetti bolognaise.




Our server, Wes, wasn’t very generous with the parmesan cheese and DS got him back a second time to top up on his calcium. But the pasta meal is always consistently good.


I decided to ask Wes for a recommendation. He suggested the chicken chipotle pasta.




The dish was well cooked and I loved the spiciness of the dish. But for some inexplicable reason the sauce tasted overly sweet to me.

We were stuffed!

But we were at the Cheesecake Factory. You don’t go there and NOT have cheesecake!

So, we asked Wes for another recommendation and knowing that we planned to have it to go, he recommended the vanilla bean, vanilla cream cheesecake.




By the way – I think this picture says it all. That cheesecake was delicious! We cracked open the forks the next morning and by the time I’d gotten the camera out, this was what was left!


We walked down University Avenue and spent some time in the Borders and Game Stop before heading home.

All in all, a pretty successful (and expensive) day!





[Up Next – Day 7]
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:48 AM   #295
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Love the reflective pics! Getting a camera is so addictive!
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:47 PM   #296
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Some times it is nice to sit and do nothing. I love that wide angle shot. I do alot barganing in frisco for our lenses. All the food at least I can enjoy and pretend. Yes this will be a pre pre trip report. By the way where should I post the TR ? It is not any disney one. Keep coming I feel like I am on vacation with you all.
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Camera prices are completely ridiculous in Australia. It makes me so angry

Is it weird that I want to go to the Cheesecake Factory only because Penny in The Big Bang Theory works there?

As always very nice photos taken.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:59 AM   #298
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Yay Kimmar made it over to find the bacon!

What I think is funny that you have been to the Cheesecake factory more in the last year than I have been in my lifetime!
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