The United States went into a big football spasm today and sat down to watch the Super Bowl, called it the championship of the world (what other country even plays the game?) and were entertained by large athletic men crashing into each other, bad halftime entertainment and violent physical humor wrapped up as advertising. How many billions of dollars were spent on the pre- and post-game "shows" as well as the game itself are yet to be tallied, but to say it was overblown is really hardly stating the case.
Luckily for the NFL, the game was a relatively close match. Lucky for me and my companions watching the game, we had good food to share and a placed our two-dollar bets on the score, which was enlivening.
Knowing I was going to be sitting, eating and watching the game in the late afternoon, I got my inert self up out of bed early and went for a walk out in the great outdoors. The sun is practically dancing in the blue sky these days, and many locals were out enjoying it in a variety of ways. I walked from my house down to the rec trail near Lover's Point, then headed east along the flat scenic route to Hopkins Marine Station and then back home. Harbor seals and shorebirds were very active at the protected cove at Hopkins.
Families out for walks, bike rides and surrey rides along the trail often stopped at the fence that lines the bluff above the cove. One little boy shouted to his mom, "There's animals out there in the water and they're wiggling!" The seals are worth spending time watching. They haul up onto the curved beach just past the high-surge area and barely lift their heads and tail flippers if a big wave rushes up the sand. Sometimes they log-roll down the sandy slope again and seem to enjoy being lifted and rolled in the edge of the waves, re-emerging later when they want some sunning time. There were hundreds of them, big and small, and the view was free for anyone who took time to stop.
Folks who are headed to the Monterey Peninsula this week for the AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament are in for a certain treat weather-wise. It has been absolutely beautiful for the past two weeks or so and the same is predicted for the coming week. The whole area sparkles with vivid color and dramatic coastal scenery. Red Hot Pokers, the tall succulent-type plants are blooming still and early blooms are bursting out all over cherry trees and ornamental fruit trees. It's pretty spectacular and, in my opinion, a far more incredible show than the overpriced, overblown and self-important spectacle called The Super Bowl.
Causes Christine Bottaro Supports
The Nature Conservancy, California State Parks, The United Way