Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 289: Sea Lions at Pier 39

One of my favorite things to do when we go to San Francisco is visit the sea lions at Pier 39:

This year is the 25th anniversary of the sea lions' arrival at Pier 39, with special events to celebrate the event all next weekend. I don't think Mr. E and I will be able to get back to SF again to partake in the festivities, but maybe I can at least see some of the events with the live Sea Lion Webcam!

I'm also quite fond of the "sea lion love" statue along the Embarcadero:

On a previous visit, Mr. E bought me an awesome sea lion magnet that looks very much like this statue as a surprise souvenir, and it's on one of my file cabinets at work as a reminder of these fabulous (and noisy) pinnipeds.

Haiku for the sea lions:
Your home is K-Dock.
Bask in the sun, lounge in the fog.
Barking pinnipeds!

Swim in the bay, flip
your tails and fins at the tourists.
Barking pinnipeds!

Roll on each other,
nudge for your space on the dock floats.
Barking pinnipeds!

For twenty-five years,
you've made Pier 39 your own.
Barking pinnipeds!

For you, we need to
keep the Bay clean, healthy, and safe.
Barking pinnipeds!


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