First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sunrise 6:00 am: Mother's Day on a new lake

The Dawn Joggers and Cassie headed to Oakland to celebrate Mother's Day with son John and daughter-in-law Julie. They were first treated to mimosas, macadamia nut waffles and chicken apple sausage and then headed off for a walk around Lake Merritt.
The female DJ was not the only mother parading with her offspring. There were multiple familes of Canada geese with goslings of various ages. One goose that didn't look the the others was doing a noisy job of alerting the rest to Cassie's presence. Any who were enjoying the shoreline quickly took to the water once they spotted the dog. One group seemed to have formed to share parenting duties and was shepherding 26 goslings. Also sighted as they circled the Lake were egrets, mallards, gulls and cormorants. This was the first time the female DJ had been to Lake Merritt since she was a child and would visit adjacent FairyLand on a Reid family outing. It retains its charm with vintage lightposts and rowing club and will soon be getting a $198 million facelift, the most extensive in its 137 year history.


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