Monday, June 30, 2008

Last Friday marked the end of Ethan's first week of Rock Kamp, and the boy rocked out with his buddies performing 'Killing in the Name' by Rage Against the Machine. You Tube video to follow!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

080621 Gunion Run
Saturday night was hot, and the full moon had passed, so we decided it was time to go see the California Grunion running. We took Ethan and his friend Clayton and drove about 15 miles down to San Pedro, where the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium runs a Grunion Greeting program. The first sign that this was going to be something other than a few naturalists looking at fish was when we encountered the line of cars getting into the parking lot. The whole thing was very well run, and we spent the evening in the aquarium, where we checked out the regular exhibits, watched a (40-year old) film about Grunion, and got a chance to hatch Grunion fry by agitating eggs in jars of sea water. Then we duly marched down to the beach and waited...and waited...and waited. Eventually I believe I saw a couple of grunion, but they were easily outnumbered 100:1 by spectators. We tried to be quiet and not spook them, but it is difficult for several hundred people ranging from 3 to 80 years old to move quietly around a beach in the dark. Maybe next year we'll find a secluded beach in Baja to try again.