Okay, I'm back. I needed to take some much needed time off from blogging to regroup, spend time with family, refocus grief to fond memories and take some time for me...walking Buddy, reading, some extra sleep and a refocus on diet and supplements in order to regain some semblance of balance, health and well-being. Let's continue on with our road trip adventure to California.
On the third day we woke up and enjoyed some sunshine by the pool. In the early afternoon we jumped into our SUV and headed to Monterey. We were surprised how much cooler it was closer to the ocean. Considering we live next to Lake Michigan and it is always cooler closer to the lake we should know better but you always imagine that California is sunny and warm year round so you just don't think about an ocean affect.
The seals could be found lounging on many of the rocks and swimming throughout the harbor.
Like most of the Mayer boys, Sam likes to keep moving. He was thrilled with the harbor, seals and boats as long as we kept walking along the boardwalk. He isn't a let's stop, relax and take in the scenery kind of guy...he's more like...let's keep going...what else is there to see. We did stop to take some pictures along the way. After all this way our first time hanging out on the Pacific side of the states.
Sam allowed a few pictures to be taken.
And here are a few he took with my camera.
Dave and the girls chilling and a picture of me too although I had to fit myself into the picture or so I thought at the time.
Another picture of Sam chilling by the Pacific.
And then one of my favorite pictures. Errr...just ignore the child's butt on the rocks next to Brooke's head.
Everything was going great as we walked along Fisherman's Wharf and checked out the shops, people watched and just enjoyed being somewhere new. We came upon a man with a whole bunch of parrots and various birds at the end of the Wharf. I brought Sam over to see the birds not realizing that this man's sole purpose in life it seemed was to plop these birds on children and adults for pictures. I thought Sam would like to see the birds with their vibrant colors and interesting calls at a distance due to the fact that Sam has sensory issues and the thought of a bird with clawed feet sitting on his arm would be the equivalent of a bengal tiger tearing through his skin. I guess this man (I won't refer to him as a gentleman) has never happened upon on child with sensory issues or for that matter any special needs. The sequence of events happened quickly but I could have predicted the end before it ever occurred.
We approached cautiously and slowly. You can already see Sam's beginning descent into distress about the pretty green bird. I was standing back taking pictures not quite prepared for what was about to happen.
Suddenly the man began to try to put the parrot on Sam and as you can tell Sam was not impressed. I told the man "I wouldn't do that, he has..." and I never got the next words out before he grabbed Sam's arm.