17-Mile Drive

The difference a day makes. Exploring parts of the 17 mile drive, a scenic route through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. Blue skies, calm seas, slightly higher temperatures, off with the rain jackets, sunglasses, sunscreen, still ended up with a sunburned nose, this was getting closer to the California Summer I had in mind.

Views from Restless Sea to the Bird Rock Vista Point which is teeming with wildlife in all its possible forms and sizes – some more photogenic than others.

Molting in Año Nuevo State Park

A bit over 30′ drive south of Half Moon Bay on the scenic coastal Cabrillo Highway, we found Año Nuevo State Park where thousands of elephant seals gather every winter to breed, transforming the beach into a crowded centre buzzing with activity.

But July is part of the molting season, when elephant seals come ashore to shed their skin and fur. This summer-long lazy process lasts between four to six weeks, during which visitors may observe the seals by obtaining a free Visitor Permit from the park’s entrance. From there, it is a 4 mile hike to the viewing area and back (or between 2,5 to 3 hours walk). It is a wonderful world out there and so exciting to observe the seals in their natural habitat.  Check the Año Nuevo State Park website for opening hours and directions.

July 9th, 2017

 

The road trip begins at Half Moon Bay

Our rambles around San Francisco might have come to an end, but the adventure was far from over. For we were now ready to embark on our first ever road trip along the West Coast.

Rental car picked up (costs a fortune and a half if the return place is different than the pick up, which was our case – but totally worth it, I promise), its condition tested on a San Francisco steep and we were off.

First stop at Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel for no special reason other than curiosity (and that striking pink facade). We stepped inside not really knowing what to expect.

It turns out this is the ”everything” shop, an institution South of San Francisco. There are farm and building supplies, saddles and other equestrian material, food supplements and treatments for animals – and even vaccines, toiletries for grooming but also clothes and accessories, kitchenware… I don’t know, you name it!  And let’s not forget the hatchery at the back: chicks and ducklings and rabbits… a rural wonderland.A shop teeming with life but he still had to wait outside. Not fair…!

Half Moon Bay

July 9th, 2017