Half Moon Bay, Part One
There is a moment when you realize you are no longer in Coastal Southern California and have now crossed the imaginary line into the central part. It isn’t the road signs that give it away, it is a feeling.
That moment when the traffic has subsided, your jaw relaxes, you are no longer chewing on the side of your mouth, and your body feels less stressed.
Don’t get me wrong there is traffic in the larger cities of the coastal north too. It is just that there are so many small, quaint, and mellow towns in the central or northern part that make you feel like you are in a whole different world.
Our destination this time was Half Moon Bay. It is a town I had passed by a few times on my way up north but one that I have always wanted to visit for a longer period.
So with four and a half days off from work, it was time to take the trek north and visit this town and many others as it turned out.
We took Interstate 5 to get there and were guided by GPS through a series of other freeways that eventually dropped us off in Half Moon Bay. It was a long trip that was not helped by the LA traffic with its stop and go.
We made a plan once we arrived in Half Moon Bay that we would investigate north one day and south the other. On the third day we would slowly move our way south and visit among other places Monterey and Ventura. We would spend the night in Santa Maria leaving us only three hours to get home on our last day.
It was a great plan and we never felt rushed. Now all we had to do was try to avoid the rain that was predicted during our stay.
Part One starts at Half Moon Bay, then Pacifica, and eventually takes us over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to Sausalito.
The rain held off at least on this first day as we began exploration around Half Moon Bay. First stop was to hit the sand for some beach combing and sea glass hunting.
The bluffs were common place along the beaches in this area, making it very picturesque. The towering and rugged cliffs contrasted against the pristine sand, while giant breakers came crashing on to the shore.
I was overwhelmed on how large the waves were as they formed huge peaks and then exploded on the beach. There would be no way I would swim in that ocean or even to wade knee high! It appeared as if the outgoing waves could pull you off your feet and send you spiraling out to sea only to be tumbled back to shore by another huge roller. I am not sure if this is how it always is or if the waves were just big this day.
Regardless, it is an awesome beach so we took a leisurely walk for about an hour while alternating between enjoying the coastline or looking down at the sand for sea glass. The Pacific Ocean was beautiful this day but there was no sea glass to be found. Continue reading “Half Moon Bay”