The great Monarch Migration
Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
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Where I stayed
couchsurfing with joe, cherie's house
What I did
Monarch butterflies, the pacific ocean, suzi's ol' stomping grounds
The girls are now on the "peninsula" of the "bay area" checkin' out the old stomping grounds of Raina's wonderful beautiful mom, who is a true "California girl." This phenomenal woman was raised in Palo Alto, California and grew up at just the right time having just the right charisma and beauty, which brought her on the magic bus, ken kesey's 69 acre farm, the greatful dead's height ashbury apartment, etc. she birthed 4 children during this era, raising them mostly as a single mother, with no familial support after her whole family up and died in a series of tragedies. she had a total of 6 children, all of whom are beautiful, educated, smart and kind. despite numerous set backs, disappointments, tragedies, struggles, and stints of poverty, through perseverance and hard work, this fantastic woman is now an RN, with a wonderfully supportive husband, 9 healthy perfect grandkids, some poodles and a keen eye for interior and landscape design. none has a green thumb like this mama!! Visiting her friend cherie "over the hill" from santa cruz the girls learned that suzi not surprisingly may have experimented with lsd and did NOT have sex with ken kesey or any of the other merry pranksters. Sorry, alexa, ken kesey is not your father.
raina and savannah went to see the monarchs at natural bridges state beach just outside of santa cruz where these butterflies overwinter, staying warm by having giant orgies in the eucalyptus trees before they wake up and follow the blooming of milk weeds flowers up north, west of the rockies.
raina found a trellis of passionflowers growing on the side of a department store in the city also also learned at the monarch viewing visitors center from a talkative host that there is a butterfly that only lays its eggs amongst the passion flowers, called the gulf fritillary. did you know many butterflies are very particular as to what flower they will lay their eggs in? many types only lay their eggs in one type of flower, such as the monarchs preference for milk weed, thus making them vulnerable to environmental change and destruction.
We stayed with Cherie, who has been through a lot of the same things as raina and savannah and she told them "I hope some day you guys get over this excitement and danger aspect of your lives and just settle down this aint the 60s anymore."