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Quick dayhike at Half Moon Bay

20190407_140847.jpg After last weeks hike up Blue Ridge trail overlooking Lake Berryessa, I realized that my Nike sneakers were not an option anymore. They are extremely comfortable, but I have worn them so much. Countless miles of walking, running and hiking is wearing down the soles and not providing proper traction when climbing over boulders. The strenuous hike gave me some trouble this time,my ankles twisted if I got caught between rocks, my right foot cramped while we maneuvered the most dangerous part of the hike and after 4 miles my feet felt tingly. I was not aware of the conditions of this particular trail and certainly not prepared. The next day I went to Sportsman's and purchased a pair of Merrells. It was important to me that they are lightweight and not clunky, but with enough support and good grip. We are planning on a 10 mile hike at Big Basin Redwoods very soon and I used the last 2 days to break in my new hiking shoes. Yesterday's hike brought us 30 south of San Francisco, a small ocean town called Half Moon Bay. F7DD48B3059B55E79756714BD5A6E321.jpg Driving along Highway 1 was beautiful , the curvy road runs alongside the rugged coastline. Several coastal towns speck the area, with plenty of beachy hotels and restaurants. Our destination was the Half Moon Beach State Park, located behind the dunes of the beach, providing some protection for the campers. That's right! You can park your RV here, to reserve a spot go online to Reserve California and pull up Half Moon. Oceanview sites $65 per night, $55 for the other rows - Electric only! To dry camp there is a fee of $35 per night. Dump station, fresh water and bath house are available. F7DE54D1EAA7B3EFFFA97E20B25317D7.jpg 20190412_143752.jpg
A paved trail snakes along the beach, wide enough for bikers as well. It is 2.4 miles to the end or 4.8 miles to return back to the parking lot. Along the way are benches, a couple more bath houses and of course the beach if you want to chill for a while. 20190412_151134.jpg 20190412_151938.jpg q
F7DC0B57B549189F54220D1CB58E5B8F.jpg Our 10 year old son was pretty worn out and our stomachs were growling. It was time to drive to the marina and check out some restaurants. We decided on Peruvian and ordered the biggest burrito I have ever seen. 20190414_092144.jpg
It was stuffed with rice, steak , fried egg, tomatoes, onions and French fries - everything but the kitchen sink. After our tummies were full, we had to walk off some of the food at the marina. We met a longtime live aboard, who owns several boats in that marina and got some very useful information about the slip fees and about upcoming boats for sale. F7DB7E0FD69A11D4768AB9706116C705.jpg We still feel very drawn to the ocean and always return to harbors and marinas. Half Moon Bay marina is a Fisherman's delight, equipped with heavy machinery to unload your catch, full hookup to live on your vessel, restaurants within walking distance, a RV lot for dry camping and a little shopping mall. I could totally dock my boat here and eat fresh crab straight off of fisherman Joe's vessel. The atmosphere was relaxing and totally laid back. That's how I like it! IMG_20190413_091717_958.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 02:22

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