Monday, October 24, 2016

Skyline to the sea

Danny and Taryn recently married and visited as they passed through. We went off to one of my favorite bike/hikes.

Starting at Waddell Beach on bike, entering big basin, the trail passes through marsh, then creekside woodland, a small farm, and into the Redwoods. 

Berry Creek falls makes a good destination. Maddy has become a pretty good little hiker.

Lots of fun ways to cross the creek.

I was surprized by the fall colors on the trail, dispite having come here so many times I had not noticed the abundant Maple trees before. 

With the recent rain the banana slugs are coming out. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Half Moon Bay Pumpkins

It is funny to me that I have been driving passed the Arata farm for the best part of 20 years, never once stopped there even though I was always curious. Maddy has developed an enthusiasm for Pumpkins, so this rainy day we went and checked out the farm. After all Half Moon bay is famous for its pumkin growing.

The giant Straw maze was what always caught my eye - you can see it from the Hiway 1. 

We spent a good 1/2 hour lost in there I think. Although time went non-linear as the rain came down in sheets. It was fun having it almost to ourselves though, I couldn't imagine what it would be like with a few hundred people in there. 

Being a touristy farm it has a petting zoo, always a curiosity for Maddy.

Yeah pumpkins ! Or Punkies as Maddy says. And now the weather report from Poplar beach in Half Moon Bay

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Alviso - Day on the Bay.

Called "Day on the Bay" it's more like some time next to the Estuary but it was more fun than I expected. And certainly very well attended. I am glad we biked there.

I have been wanting to take Maddy Kayaking soon, so it's good for her to see them, but the primary draw was the pumpkin patch.

The line had been crazy long, but in some anomaly it cleared for a short while and we stepped up. She ran around looking at these crazy orange things, no presidential candidates here.

There was a main stage with some fun cultural events circulating around. The belly dancers were fun to watch. Maddy got to go round the inflatable pirate ship too. 

Fun ! and very lucky with the nice weather, usually Alvsio is a cooler windy spot, one of the reasons we moved nearby.