Pillar point, Princeton by the sea

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Jacky and I started out at a reasonable hour, drove to Half Moon Bay. Well, more precisely, we drove to Princeton-by-the-sea. Left the car and wandered west along the shore.

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Inside the breakwater, the beach is covered with what looks like spinach. Yummy!

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I’m told that this is radar for SFO air traffic control. I often see this distinctive landmark from high on the ridge on my Purisima open space hikes.

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Beyond the breakwater, the world-class surfing area Mavericks. Not much going on today.

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But if you’re less insistent about mammoth waves beyond the breakwater, you can at least find interesting shells washed ashore. Inside the breakwater, just fine sand and spinach.

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A motorized paraglider came over and disappeared behind the cliffs. A few minutes later, he returned and flew back inshore.

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Although we started by walking along the beach, we couldn’t resist going on up the cliffs for the high view. Nice.

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There were at least three of these crosses. Surfers who didn’t make it, maybe? Or just hikers who got too close to the edge?

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Not excessively worried about getting too close to the edge, a millipede. Just about the only small animal we saw, other than birds.

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We walked back into Princeton, wandered around the marina.

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The beat-up rusty tubs are more interesting than the fancy boats. They have to offer a business case for their existence. Well, so do the fancy boats, if they are used for charter, but many of them are just luxury items.

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Here we see three or four cyclists purchasing fresh seafood directly from the fisherman. I thought it would be necessary for the fisherman to provide enough ice to support some amount of delay in getting the fish home, and indeed, the cyclists were carrying good-sized plastic bags, doubtless packed with crushed ice as well as fish.

The clam chowder smelled good, but there was a line, so we went on into Half Moon Bay and ate at our favourite Mexican restaurant. Then a stroll around the HMB streets, and home.

Traffic heading toward the coast was moving along at a pretty good pace, which is surprising for early afternoon on a weekend. It’s usually stop and go by that time of day. But at the foot of highway 92, we came upon any number of emergency vehicles; they were still working on a downed motorcyclist, and westbound traffic was backed up well beyond I-280. Glad we hadn’t been caught in that mess.

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