On Thanksgiving Day, Sarah, my new parents-in-law and brother-, sister-, and niece-in-law went to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz to see if the wintering Monarch Butterflies were present.
Unlike most of my other trips to this lovely beach, there were actually a good number of monarchs – yay!
There were a lot of folks strolling the boardwalk path that leads to the butterfly grove, and a park naturalist had a spotting scope set up so folks could look at the clusters up-close.
Conditions were perfect, the sun having just come out after the previous day’s rain, so the monarchs were spreading their wings and flying around once dry.
Sarah was especially happy that the butterflies were here, as despite a half-dozen mid-winter visits over the years, this was the first time she’d seen the grove. It’s pretty impressive once you realize that the leaf-like clumps are in fact hundreds of butterflies!