Exploring The Beaches and Tide-pools Around San Francisco

Yesterday my daughters and I spent the day at the beach exploring the tide-pools looking for abalone, sea-glass, seals, and any other interesting marine life we could find. I could walk the beaches all day and never get tired but we went nearing low tide (a couple of hours before sunset) so we could capture all of the beautiful creatures that live in the rocky tide-pools. It was an overcast day, but the weather was mild and the waves were huge. Several times I was caught off-guard trying to get a great shot and the waves washed up and over my rubber boots soaking me through to the skin, but it was well worth it; the treasures we found were amazing!

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Lone Cypress Tree of Pebble Beach, CA

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In Pebble Beach, California there is a “words-cannot-describe” 17 Mile Drive where you will find the famous Lone Cypress Tree. The drive is actually a gated, private drive with golf courses and beautiful homes – but for $10 you can drive through and see how the top 2% of the population lives. The tree alone is well worth the ten bucks – it’s over 250 years old and has become a symbol for this very wealthy region of of the Monterey Bay. The Lone Cypress Tree has been featured in movies, commercials, and is a favorite of tv camera crews during golf tournaments year after year.

This is why I’m never allowed to drive on Pacific Coast Highway

My family knows that I’m far too distracted by the beauty of Highway 1 to be a responsible driver; so I have to be in the passenger seat whenever we take that route somewhere. If you don’t live in California, it’s hard to imagine the beauty, but it’s like this all along the entire coast of the state. In the Northern most parts of California, it’s mostly cows and pastures that get to take in the beautiful coastline; maybe that’s why they say “happy cows come from California’!!

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