To keep the month from being all weather or music, here are a few pictures from my trip to the coast last July. This is a beach at San Simeon, and those rockish objects are elephant seals. Not exactly the daintiest creatures, are they? They come ashore and burrow about in the sand; some people surmise that the sand helps them rub off their winter fur. Despite their sluggish (literally!) appearance on land, they have amazing endurance in the water and will, in fact, spend months out at sea.