Saturday, February 05, 2011

Camera Critters #148 - Ground Squirrels on the Monterey Peninsula - February 5, 2011

These little ground squirrels, cavort all over the rocks along the scenic 17 Mile
Drive which runs between Carmel and Pacific Grove, California.  You pay a fee
to see some beautiful coastal views and posh neighborhoods and you can dine
at Roy's Restaurant at the Inn at Spanish Bay or picnic along the way. 
Recommended picnic spots are between Point Joe and Seal Rock.  There are
even areas where you can find picnic tables and it is wonderful to eat, looking
at the beautiful Pacific and feeling the sea breezes.  The tables have often been
perches for the many sea gulls, though, so it's good to have a table cloth among
your items.

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  1. Ah squirrels by the sea.. I remember one once stole my book when i went for aswim... I hope it enjoyed the meal...or the read!
    great photos Carmen-loved them

  2. Anonymous4:08 PM

    How incredible it must feel being that close to nature. Please have a wonderful Sunday.

  3. It sounds and looks beautiful there and I like the little ground squirrels!

    I'm visiting via Camera Critters and following your blog also now.

  4. Aww, so cute and a lovely way to spend a day!

  5. By the sea, the sea
    There to stay
    Another day
    No place anywhere
    I'd rather be

  6. oh, you look so happy here and vibrant Carmen.

  7. What a beautiful header and how cute those squirrels are!

  8. Dulce -
    Those squirrels have no taste...they should be reading your poetry!!

    ρομπερτ -
    California is an incredible state for scenery. I'm only fifteen miles from downtown San Francisco but the Pacific Ocean is less than five miles from me and we still see deer occasionally and families of skunk, a racoon or possum. Joggers get warnings to be on the alert for mountain lions!!

    Marie -
    I don't think we're supposed to feed the ground squirrels but they are so friendly, it is hard not to do so!

    Iowa Gardening Woman -
    Glad you liked my pictures. Posting them made me want to go back down there. It's been awhile since I've seen the area...unfortuntely, retirement has changed a lot of things for me.

    The Chair Speaks -
    It is a nice way to spend a day and, since it's only a two hour drive from my home, it's easy to do in a day.

    chubskulit -
    Thanks for visiting. It's always so nice to see you here.

    Steve E -
    I've lived near the ocean, in one part of the country or the other, for about 40 years now. I don't think I could ever be inland!!

    betchai -
    These photos are definitely from happier days
    ( plus, I was a lot younger!!! )

    Vicki Lane -
    Isn't the header nice? I took that photo about a mile from my house last spring. It is one of my all time favorite photos.

  9. Lovely scene by the ocean and your squirrel is cute. Wonderful photos.

  10. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Wow..Carmen, you fed the squirrel? Great photos of you in action!