Quick Get-Away to the Coast

A four day weekend presented itself last week, and my husband suggested a trip to the coast. Libby visited her friends at Carly’s, Alyssa went to her Mom’s and we were left to decide where to go.

Pacific Grove was fully booked, so I looked to Half Moon Bay and booked our accommodations. I last visited Half Moon Bay (HMB) 20 years ago. There we celebrated Joshua and Annie’s wedding on the beach. And exactly 20 years ago we also celebrated my Dad’s 80th birthday. With those two celebrations I did not visit the surrounding area so this would be a new adventure.

Got an early start, and stopped for breakfast in Davis. Solomon’s Deli beckoned us.

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Travel should take about two hours, but unfortunately this was Fleet Week and traffic was tough getting through San Francisco. No problem. David brought along cds of rare Doo-Wops, and we only had to figure out what lane to stay in to pay cash on the Bay Bridge. Seems like other travelers were having the same problem with lane switching going on. We let this stranded car ahead of us, and when we got to to toll we were told the driver had paid for us. Nice!

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Bored with traffic delays so I got out my camera and had some fun with my camera. At home I played around just a bit with Luminar 2018.

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Yerba Buena Island Tunnel

Montara State Beach was the first beach we stopped at.

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Found this rock left in memory

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Single perfect California Poppy

Arriving in HMB we found our hotel, and with nice weather, a balcony overlooking the golf course I sat outside and read.  Currently I am reading Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. Her words hit the paper beautifully. Drawn in slowly. Hints of a more powerful meaning are quietly dropped. I’m taking my time reading this novel.

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View from our balcony

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A swing and a hit

Explored the Main Street checking out the shops. Used my Fuji x100F for the street shots.

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Main Street in historic Half Moon Bay

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Since 1898. Imagine!

It is obvious that this town is gearing up for the big Pumpkin Festival happening next weekend. Glad we decided to beat the crowds. Plenty of orange happening.

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Sam’s Chowder House was our dining destination. Ordered New England Chowder, and a Lobster Roll to share. Added a glass of wine and Key Lime Pie for dessert. So good!

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Such a great day on the coast. Part 2 – coming soon! Tomorrow I’m off with my friends and camera.

 

Nature and my camera

My camera and I ventured to the central coast of California last month. There I got away from the noise of life. Our destination town Cambria met all the requirements for peace.

Our cottage across from Moonstone Beach provided a lovely, easy morning walk. Many dogs accompany their owners along the boardwalk.

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JoJo stops to pose for me

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And they continue on their way.

The first day the air was crisp without even a breeze. Dare I take a macro shot. Usually when I think of it the wind starts up.

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California poppy

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Sea Gull (my high school mascot) hangs out

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Each finds something to enjoy on this walk

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Finding faces in the rock formation

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Pride of Madera put on quite a show

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My shutter is so quiet I quickly caught him. He soon hopped out of sight.

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Checking out the tide pool

Spent some time watching this couple. Trying to imagine their conversation.

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This first morning in Cambria enjoying Moonstone Beach clears the mind. Where do you go to clear your mind?

The rest of the day was perfect and I will share in the coming weeks. Nice to remember this anniversary vacation.

 

 

What draws me to the coast?

Living on Long Island I was always a half hour or less from the Atlantic Ocean. Then when I was in high school I lived within driving distance to the Indian Ocean. For the past 37 years I am living on the west coast and a 2 hour drive to the Pacific Ocean. I do not surf. Fishing is not my thing. Sunbathing is out of the question. So why do I need to feel that the ocean is accessible?Maybe I can find the answer in photographs.

It may have something to do with the crashing waves.

Rugged coastline off Northern California

Rugged coastline off Northern California

It may be the crisp salt air smell.

Kelp along the Mendicino Coast.

Kelp along the Mendocino Coast.

The fresh cool air after driving from the hot Sacramento Valley.

Farmland next to Gilroy Fruit Stands

Farmland next to Gilroy Fruit Stands

Fog and clouds vs. bright sun.

Foggy Carmel Beach still brings out the people and their dogs!

Foggy Carmel Beach still brings out the people and their dogs!

Or is it the coastal flora?

Bee buzzing around Pride of Madera

Bee buzzing around Pride of Madera

Lovely, colorful plants growing on the rocks

Lovely, colorful plants growing on the rocks

Colorful Daisies

Colorful Daisies

Point Lobos is located between Pacific Grove and Carmel. Natural beauty.

Point Lobos located between Pacific Grove and Carmel. Natural beauty.

Mendocino coastline

Mendocino coastline

Maybe it is the blues and greens.

Shades of Blue, Shades of Green. Peaceful view.

Shades of Blue, Shades of Green. Peaceful view.

Landscapes and seascapes never ending.

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Beautiful Mendocino

Point Lobos

Point Lobos

Time to discover the animals on the coast.

“It’s my turn to talk.” “Your are interrupting my thought pattern!”

Harbor Seal wave hello off the coast near Point Lobos

Harbor Seal wave hello off the coast near Point Lobos

Whatever the reason, I’m glad that I am only 2 hours away from the ocean.