( 2012 Christmas was in Philippines )
Anyway, if I were a tourist in my hometown, where would I hang out first? Hmmm, hard to decide, since San Diego has too much too offer, both city and nature. But city is always there, once you've seen it, it's like, "okay, been there, done than!" But nature is different! It's different every breath you take! Nature relaxes mind, body and soul. Thankfully, San Diego is a blend of both nature and city, where escaping civilization is just a matter of minutes, because civilization and wilderness are perfectly meshed together.
Some may be intimidated looking at the sea lions and fear them either on land or in water. On land, sea lions may look scary and may bark at you if you get too close to them, but in water, they are the most gracious acrobats and helpful. Unknown to most, the sea lions and dolphins are part of US Navy. Sea lions and bootlenose dolphins are very intelligent mammals that the US Navy train them for some military applications underwater, just as dog on land since the 1960s. Use of sea lions in the US Navy includes detecting underwater landmines, equipment recovery, and protecting US ships from enemy divers. They have been protecting our waters from terrorist activities. However, there has always been controversy and critics about the military using intelligent mammals such as dolphins and sea lions, that by 2017, it is hoped that the robots will replace the service of these wonderful creatures. If in case you are visiting San Diego, chances are you may see some US Navy Sea Lions working with Navy Seals! :)
Another highlight of my day was seeing the breeding plumage of double crested cormorants.
Here is a video from mostly day 1 ( with some footages from day 2 such as the dolphins and peregrines ), notice how many languages could you identify.
A Wonderful Wonderful Life @ La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines
( hear not only the noise of sea lions, but the sheer happiness of people having that chance to be as close to them, and could you hear some tagalog words spoken, aside from English and other languages? It's a cultural mix enjoying one nature )
What a wonderful day of thanksgiving it was today, with the dolphins putting up a show while we were on top of Torrey Pines bluffs at Gliderport. Aside from dolphins, the hawk and crows were also putting up a show. Because the hawk preys on crow, the crows usually harass the hawk together to get even. Maybe, shouting to the hawks, "mean birds! mean birds!" Oh well, I love hawks though, I love watching bird of preys for they have such haunting eyes and so much inner strength in their stare alone. What's the highlight for day 2? Oh oh, pardon me if I should say, EXTREME HAPPINESS! :)