Half Moon Bay to Pescadero Beach and Back Home to Sacramento

Half Moon Bay to Pescadero Beach and Back Home to Sacramento

Pescedero Beach

This is a view from the seacliff at Pescadero Beach. We tried to get into the parking lot at San Gregorio Beach, but it was full. I guess that's how the state regulates how many people can go to the beach. If you can't get into the parking lot and you can't park on the highway, you can't go to the beach. This area is covered in wildflowers and iceplant. I almost stepped on a lizard and screamed my fool head off.

Pescadero Beach

I believe these are California sea lions. It's easy to mix up seals and sea lions, but I'm thinking seals have fur and these do not, so these must be sea lions. I used a 500 zoom lens to capture these lazy critters.

montara lighthouseHere I am in front of the Montara Lighthouse.

This is now a youth hostel, however, it is not inexpensive to stay in a room with a bunch of other drunken college kids. This entire area seems to be very expensive. It cost about four figures for a 2-night stay in our hotel, which didn't even have an in-room bar nor did room service deliver a newspaper to our door.

Pillar Point Harbor

This is a woman getting married to two teenagers at the same time. Or maybe it's the one on her right, hard to tell. After we snapped photos of them, they turned around and took photos of us. Pillar Point Harbor is a wedding destination.

crystal springs reservoir

I shot this from the car as we drove past Crystal Springs Reservoir. I tried to shoot the San Mateo Bridge but it was simply too overcast and foggy to get a good photo.

windmills through pass

You know you're coming back into the Central Valley of California when everything is brown. My sister from Minnesota asked me, "Don't they water?" I guess she thinks that California should water its entire countryside.

It's great to be back in Sacramento. I missed the warmth. It's really cold in Half Moon Bay this time of year. I had to buy a fleece pullover. They say that their summer is really September / October. It would be worth coming back for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.

Photos: Elizabeth Weintraub

Montara Lighthouse: Adam Weintraub

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Looks lovely! Thanks for sharing! My son and his family live in Sacremento~ So caught my attention~

Posted by Carol Ryniewicz, Broker / Owner - CT & MA (CR Premier Properties LLC) almost 9 years ago

Beautiful photos. I was running early this morning with a friend along the Crystal Springs reservoir. Saw one coyote, cute little bunnies, and a zillion birds.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 9 years ago

Hahaha ! I didnt realize it was legal to marry two teenagers at the same ceremony !! lol


....great pics :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 9 years ago

As always I enjoy your vacations so much.  Thanks for sharing the photos and I could just almost hear you scream when you nearly stepped on a lizard.  I would do the same. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 9 years ago

Elizabeth:  I love reading your blog.  You have a sense of humor that I can totally relate to.  Your pics are gorgeous.  Nice to hear about your down time. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 9 years ago

I hope you actually relaxed on your vacation!  Wow, that hotel WAS expensive.  I stayed in a LaQuinta in Redding last week for $100 that included WIFI, a nice breakfast and a gorgeous pool.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 9 years ago

Elizabeth: SO worth going back for the pumpkin festival! My husband and I used to do it BK (before kids!) and if don't have cranky little ones in tow, it's really fun. The weather really is better in the fall. Love your pictures too - glad you guys had a good time!

Posted by Cari Anderson almost 9 years ago much blue.  You really must have had a great time.  Too bad they have to limit the tourists, but when you have too much of a good thing, what is one to do? 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hi Elizabeth, I really enjoyed the photos and hearing about your trip!  When our daughter lived in San Mateo, we went to Half Moon Bay and I thought it was very cold in November. We laughed that someone from Colorado would be cold in California :-)

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 9 years ago

Elizabeth -

You are having way too much fun work on this trip.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 9 years ago

I love your photos, Elizabeth! By the way, did you notice that the sea lions seemed a tad lethargic this trip. When we went that area this week, they seemed really slow moving, and almost drunk.  I hadn't noticed them acting that way before.

The photo with the bride and her two teenaged grooms is nothing unusual. . .Afterall, this is California.  Where "Cougars" can sometimes take twins:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 9 years ago

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