Unfortunately, the Mystery Spot didn't happen. We stopped for lunch at the end of Santa Cruz Wharf and ate at our favorite little seafood shack, The Dolphin. This little hole in the wall place at the end of the wharf is a seafood lover's dream. After lunch we called to find out how late the Mystery Spot was opened. It was our bad luck to discover that the tours for the day were already completely booked. Though disappointed, it was also the perfect excuse to plan another trip to Santa Cruz. On the way out we noticed a whale watching business. No whales these days but now we know where to go when the season comes around again.
The juvenile California gull is chased off constantly by its adult counterpart next to it. In the background is a magnificent and very camera ready Brown California Pelican. More of him further down.
The Boss. And see? I can stand on one leg!
This handsome fella was not the least bit camera-shy. He gathered quite a crowd around him and even allowed the wharf rats (uh huh, that would be US) to take pictures with him.