The reason for my visit was to compete in the 2014 United States Masters Spring Nationals swim meet. It's funny that I lived within walking distance of the George Haines International Swim Center, but I never swam there. Well, happily, that has now changed. The GHISC has been home to a host of famous swimmers, among them, Mark Spitz. During the course of the Masters meet, we were graced with fast swimming by several past and present Olympic swimmers such as: Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, Darian Townsend, Josh Davis, Matt Biondi, Misty Hyman, and the list goes on.
But, I am getting ahead of myself. Since I decided to drive to the swim meet from Arizona, my first order of business was to take a little stroll down memory lane. After all, I spent 20 wonderful years in the Bay area and my two girls were raised there. No car trip to the Bay area is complete without a stop at Casa de Fruta.
|An old farm truck now being used to display Casa de Fruta's wares|
|One of the many gorgeous peacocks that stroll the grounds|
|The view from from the back entrance of the main produce store|
|My girls loved riding through this tunnel when they were small|
|View from the pond|
|One of the peacocks perched in a nice sunny spot|
|Swimmers loosening up for Friday's races|
|Taylor and his 2014 Spring Nats attire|
|Jonelle, Kate, Emily, Katie, Dave, Marc, Aung Sann, and Taylor|
(this fine group represents about one-third of the Arizona team participating in Spring Nationals)
|Another "Shiny" to add to my growing collection|
|Say "Hello" to my little friend, the Banana Slug. Well, not so little. This guy was at least 8 inches long!|
If you didn't already know, the Banana Slug is the official mascot of the University of California Santa Cruz.
|I found some very large Owl pellets.|
You can see the bone and hair from whatever it was this particular owl had caught and digested.
|Wild Azaleas in Big Basin State Park|
|A nice solution to a fallen Redwood along the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail in Big Basin State Park|
|I got lucky. Not only were the wild Azaleas in bloom, so were the wild Fernald's Irises.|
|The legendary Bob Beach and his West coast car|
|Dave, the Breaststroker on the left, and Kate, the Freestyler/Backstroker on the right in San Pedro Square|
|I spied this beauty parked nearby in the Square.|
As mentioned by the wall plaque, we were just feet from the old Peralta Adobe.
Another successful USMS Nationals meet is safely under my belt.