Mystery Bird & Beach Day


Anyone know what kind of bird this is? My Beloved and I saw four of them in  a large tree as we explored a trail along the San Lorenza River near Capitola, California this afternoon.


She suggested we drop everything and take a Beach Day today and we drove through the Santa Cruz mountains on a beautiful two-lane road to the small town of Capitola. We watched surfers, walked along the shore, enjoyed a picnic lunch,  soaked in the relative warmth of the sunny winter day, and were treated to the beginnings of a magnificent sunset. And to think I was going to waste the day completing about seventy or eighty pages of data for a report the government requires of companies in financial planning and/or investment management. There is always tomorrow, and if I die in my sleep tonight I’ll be grateful I spent the day with a beautiful woman in a beautiful place instead of sitting at my desk filling out forms.

With love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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7 Responses to Mystery Bird & Beach Day

  1. utesmile says:

    You said it, don’t waste a beautiful day with paperwork. Glad you had a super day together!

    • russtowne says:

      I stayed up until 2am to finish after we got home but was on a roll and decided to just bull through it. I’m happy about both decisions. The latter freed up most of the day today to do whatever I want.

  2. You did the BEST thing 🙂

  3. ksbeth says:

    so glad you dropped everything and gained everything in doing so –

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