We had planned on a trip to the gold country two weeks ago, but the weather decided not to cooperate. We’ve had great luck with weather, and that was the first RV trip we cancelled due to rain and wind. Instead we thought we would try our luck in booking another site two weeks later. In California, that can be next to impossible, but we managed to snag a cancellation at our favorite beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach, with just a few days to spare!
My wife had plans to get together with Friends at Jack London Square in Oakland the morning of the trip, so we decided she would meet me at the campsite. I am so used to traveling with her, it seemed strange driving there myself. The only issue I had was forgetting to put the bridge transponder on the dash before I left. I had to stop at the toll booth, get the transponder, and then drive. No biggie.
Our favorite site was not available, but we still had a nice view of the ocean, even if obstructed by a few campsites.
It was cold and windy, but we love being close enough to the ocean to hear the surf.
There is a bike trail and horse path along much of the beach in Half Moon Bay State Park, so if hiking, biking, or horse riding sounds like a good time to you, then you would like it here. The water is pretty cold, but we saw plenty of families playing in the water, fisherman casting lines, and surfers in their wet suits riding the waves.
The next day was Easter, arguably the biggest holiday of the year for Christians. We were lucky to have good wifi and were able to watch the service form our home church inside our RV. How great is that!
We then rode our bikes the length of the bike trail, first pedaling south to Poplar Beach and then north all the way to Pillar Point, about 15 miles round trip.
Just off Pillar Point is the famous Mavericks surf competition, but this weekend the waves were too small for that kind of action.
Also at Pillar point is Sam’s Chowder House, a great place for clam chowder and seafood in general. We stopped here for lunch and sat outside to have a great view of the marina and pillar point. The service was great and the clam chowder was awesome, with clams, cream, bacon, onions, and thyme. I highly recommend this place! I also had the fish and chips, which was very tasty, too!
We rode all the way to the end of the road to the Air Force installation. We call it the big golf ball. There is a good view of the harbor from there.
In the afternoon, we got in the car and drove to Half Moon Bay Coffee for a good cup of joe and some pastries. They have a great selection, and we like the mini pies.
That evening, we grilled New York steak and had a wonderful non-traditional Easter dinner together.
Our daughter, Kaylee, was camping in Death Valley, or we would have enjoyed spending time with her and her boyfriend, Jon. I understand they had a great time and you can follow their adventures at bayareaweekend.com.
The next day, we headed back home early to prepare for the big week to come.
We are already looking forward to visiting Point Reyes next month!
Al & Deb