A Day at the Beach

When my sweetheart asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I realized I wasn’t in a party mood this year. After due thought, I said, “I want to go look at the ocean.”

And since the Pacific Ocean is handy, that’s what we did.

Pacific OceanThis is a view of the ocean from Cowell Ranch Beach, a little south of Half Moon Bay. The fog was in, so we didn’t get sunlight glinting on the waves.

Here’s a view from the cliff above:

beachDespite the gray skies, we weren’t the only people enjoying the beach. This young man decided to return this very large piece of driftwood to the ocean:

driftwoodA friend came out to help:

driftwoodAnd they succeeded, though I don’t think this log is going to float  out to sea anytime soon:

driftwoodAfter we left that beach, we took a drive down Stage Road, off of Highway 1. This is apparently the old stagecoach route to the little town of Pescadero. The last seven miles or so were very narrow and windy, but through lovely trees and such. We had a late lunch there of duck egg quiche, which was quite tasty.

And then we went back for another look at the ocean. Here’s Jim looking at the rock formations:

JimWe saw a lizard:

lizardAnd birds. If you look closely, you can tell that some of them are pelicans.

pelicansOn the way home, we stopped along Skyline Drive at Alice’s Restaurant. (No, it’s not the original one from the song — that one was in Massachusetts — but it was inspired by the song.) This sign was posted in the women’s bathroom:

Hopes and DreamsI came home in full possession of my hopes and dreams. It was a wonderful way to spend my birthday. I’m not sure how I’m going to top it next year.



A Day at the Beach — 6 Comments

  1. Happy Birthday! I think next year you should look at the Desert. Then have Dessert along the Old Santa Fe (Chocolate) Trail!