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The marine layer these days

marine layer rolls in

We've been so lucky this summer to have a robust and active marine layer. This weekend, it even reached into Solstice Canyon, which is almost always hot and dry. You can be completely socked in at the coast and just a few hundred yards away, the sun will be hot and bright in that canyon. So here's 30-ish seconds of the marine layer moving through, so thick in places it erases the view.

In other news, Here in Malibu's spot on Instagram is getting to be a tiny bit more comfortable. Still feels strange to get likes and messages and followers you've never heard of. And I'm pretty sure we're getting our fair share of bots. But all in all, so far so good.

And in answer to more than a few of your emails, yes yes yes, the move to the url to Wordpress continues to be absurdly slow. But their truly sh*tty interface for new users, from choosing your plan to choosing your platform, annoys me so much that so far, I can't bear to follow through. But I will. Eventually,


sunday morning walk

An update from the world's worst blogger

a hidden heron at the pond

It's interesting how it keeps getting harder to post to a sleeping website. I miss the days of multiple LAO updates - the energy was contagious. Meanwhile, here's a beautiful heron resting in the reeds at the Legacy Park pond the other day. The recent influx of water has brought the place back to life. (And yes, the parallels are glaringly obvious.)

Work from home

home office

Three days after the baby Labrador got such a severe case of kennel cough that we thought we might lose her, she's doing well. Her human companions, not so much. No sleep and a backlog of work. However the home office is comfortable, and it smells nice, too.

In case you missed it, we're migrating away from dormant LAO to the url soon(ish). Meanwhile, feel free to follow on Instagram.

Signs of Saturday: A puppy diploma

A very important diploma for a California dog

The wild puppy did very well with her rattlesnake training. Not a guarantee, but a bit of added peace of mind.

More ducklings!

more adorable ducklings

These little guys are so buoyant, they bounce and skitter across the water. When one realizes they've fallen too far behind the group, they zig and zag their way back at impressive -- and comical --speed.

Meanwhile, ducklings!

ducklings in the Legacy Park pond

When the water returned to the Legacy Park pond, the ducklings followed.

Instagram official

hello, bunny

Yes, I know it actually means going public with a new boo, but in this case, it's Here in Malibu just going public. A separate-from-LA Observed blog is on the way, and meanwhile, feel free to follow on Instagram.

The best-laid plans, and a blogoversary

It's hard to believe this blog is 15 years old today. It has sputtered along for the last year or so, a tiny hidden heartbeat in the silence of a dormant site. It's tempting to use this milestone anniversary to say a permanent goodbye, but every time I wrote that particular post, it proved impossible to publish. So it's once again time to brave the clutter and chaos of Wordpress, fire up my place-holder instagram, and finally let LA Observed rest in peace.

Meanwhile, a month on San Juan Island has been whittled down to 10 days. It turns out the wild puppy gets wildly car sick. We scrapped the road trip and now the pups will stay with a sitter and the humans will do a bit of flying. It wasn't a complete loss, though. We got to see Sacramento at twilight, had a night in beautiful downtown Stockton, and spent time at all of the best rest stops along the I-5. (Is there a font for sarcasm?) We also got to discover that as much as Teddy can't tolerate road trips, she absolutely loves a good hotel.

103 degrees on I-5 in the Cenral Valley

central valley via I-5

the Central Valley says hello

harris ranch in coalinga

waiting for room service

beautiful downtown Stockton

Anyway, happy 15-year blogoversary to Here in Malibu. It will be interesting to see what comes next.

high tide

Road trip

Another lull in the blog, but this time for a reasonable reason. Getting ready to drive to Anacortes in Washington where we'll get the ferry to an island. And this is where we're headed, staying for the month of August. Some friends will be at Casa de LOUD! so the gardens are in good hands. Meanwhile, expect updates from the drive north, which may seem like I-5 but is actually a series of dog parks.

for one month, it's home

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