Actually, I’m back from sunny beautiful San Diego. I spent the last five days at a Drosophila conference, which was a good excuse for me to go to California for the first time. The meeting was quite productive, I talked to a lot of people, and received plenty of feedback on my work that was positive. I can tell you all about it sometime if you are really interested, but here is what my hotel and conference center looked like.
On Sunday I was supposed to experience my first red-eye flight from California back to the east coast. Since my flight wasn’t taking off until 10pm, and I had to check out of the hotel at 11am, I rented a car and drove around to explore a little bit. My labmates and I headed to La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and UCSD, as well as exploring Old Town and some other random parts of San Diego.
This is in La Jolla, where I went into the Pacific ocean for the first time.
Here is another view of the coast in La Jolla, it was very pretty.
I spent about an hour here with my labmates observing these seals. They were fascinating to watch. The funny thing it we still haven’t decided what the purpose of their hands are. Rudders when they swim? These animals have this funny little hop/worm maneuver they do to get around on land and rocks.