Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kitten of the Week - Marvel

Looking for a kitten with a lot of personality, the ability to play for hours on end, and the desire to curl up in your lap afterwards? Look no further - Marvel is the cat for you! 

You can also visit Kitty Bungalow's Facebook page to keep up with the whole super litter...

Monday, February 17, 2014


Friday was Valentine's Day so Gabriel and I took the afternoon off and headed to the LA Zoo. There we were lucky enough to catch Reggie the alligator sunning himself right up near the public walkway.

Reggie is a bit of a local celebrity. He was apparently dumped at Harbor Regional Park sometime in 2005, reportedly by a former police officer (!) and stayed there for two years, eluding every attempt at capture. It probably goes without saying, but it's illegal to keep an alligator as a pet, as well as being a very, very stupid idea.

Finally the zoo got involved and elaborate plans were put in place to wrangle the 6.5 foot reptile. He was caught without incident and even got a police escort to his new home. Apparently some officers are better friends to gators than others...

When we visited him there weren't too many people around, so we rated a half-opened eye for a few seconds. It didn't take long for him to figure out that we aren't quite on his level, fame-wise, so back to sleep he went. Who can blame him? This is LA, after all.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kitten of the Week - Sochi

Sochi is a brand new recruit to the Bungalow. One look at that fluffiness and you know this is a kitten who could deal with the Winter Olympics! Instead, it's hot, hot, hot in Southern California today, so a new home (preferably with a fan and central air conditioning) would be most welcome. You can meet Sochi and other cute kittens by contacting Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats where hissy street kids are taught about the good life. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Harbor Seals!

What's the best thing about the California coast? That's easy. Marine mammals! We saw a ton on a recent foray up above San Francisco. The area there is beautiful anyway, but it's even better when you notice all the seals.

SALT POINT - So called because people used to come here to harvest salt from the fissures in the rocks. It was practically deserted when we visited, cold and misty, and absolutely perfect for spotting seals.

GOAT ROCK BEACH - What a crazy place! This is supposedly the "deadliest beach in California." There are signs everywhere that tell you "don't turn your back on the ocean" and advise "how to survive this beach." You aren't supposed to go near the tideline, the rocks, or the cliffs. No wonder the seals and sea lions like it so much! When we drove by we saw several sea lions playing in the surf and even in the Russian River, but when we went back to get photos only harbor seals remained on the sand. It was bitterly cold, windy and raining, and the seals didn't much like us being there. That's okay, because I got a lovely new camera lens for my birthday so we still got some nice shots without having to get too close. 

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