07/12/12 I rode up to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach with Rich Strobel, Lew, and Bill Remlinger. We met another friendly photographer named Chuck who lived close to Bolsa Chica and was a friend of Bill's. It takes about 1.5 hours from San Diego to drive up. We are all photographers and our quest today was to photograph the Black Skimmer sea bird doing what they do best flying low over the water skimming for fish. The Skimmers were there and we got a few good shots but the weather was not good. I took about 220 shots and perhaps will put 10 at most on the web site. The Bolsa Chica State Park across the street has an RV park. It was full with people trying to beat the heat by camping out on the Ocean. It was cloudy the whole time and we were not able to stay intil sunset as it began to rain lightly forcing us to walk quickly back a mile to the SUV for cover. The four of us enjoyed a great dinner at Buon Gusto Italian Cuisine. The food and wine is good and very inexpensive. I had Lasagne this time and last trip up I had Lobster Raviloi both excellent. I have added this restuarant to my address book for future consideration. Arrived back home fairly early this trip at 9:00pm.
06/14/12 I rode up to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach with Lew and Bill Remlinger. Bill and I met Lew at his house in Del Mar where we left in Lew's SUV. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed our self using our fancy high end cameras. I used my new 5D Mark iii full frame camera. I got cold a 1/2 hour before sunset and walked back to the car. The total hike around the preserve was perhaps 1.5 to 2 miles. Bill & Lew return in about 40 minutes and we left for dinner and home. Lew had trouble with his SUV GPS system and his Droid GPS voice activated hardware. His system could not find any of the restaurants recommended by our smart phones. We came across a busy looking Italian Restaurant called Buon Gusto and stopped in there for dinner. It turned out to be very good food and at a reasonable price. I got home around 11:15 pm.