PART IV– Last, but not least!

crossing the San Francisco Bay Bridge

crossing the San Francisco Bay Bridge

Our very last night on the road was spent at the home of our dear friend, Rob, in Pacifica, CA, on a cool and foggy hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  On a clear night Rob can see the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge from his deck…what a vista!

a view from the deck

a view from the deck

The following morning he took us to Moss Beach, just  a bit further south of Pacifica, to explore the tide pools that can be found there.  Although the tide was not low enough that morning to show off the lowest tide pools, we found an array of hermit crabs, anemones, snails, and tiny fish– enough to occupy us for a couple of hours, at least.

misty morning

misty morning

explorers

explorers

crab or snail?

crab or snail?

pink and purple seaweed

pink and purple seaweed

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Family Reunion trip 426While walking down the beach taking photos, I came across these signs:

STOP!  Seal pupping...

STOP! Seal pupping...

Do Not Pass Go!

Do Not Pass Go!

I paid attention, but tried to get a few shots of the seals off in the distance, with my zoom lens.  Eventually, one of the seals took notice of me and swam in for a closer look.

peek-a-boo

peek-a-boo

boo!

boo!

harbor seal

harbor seal

pupping site

pupping site

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high stepper

high stepper

curious boys

curious boys

reflecting pool

reflecting pool

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My close encounter with the curious seal is one I won’t soon forget, and I think the kids will happily remember the tiny hermit crabs crawling in every pool at Moss Beach.

After this peaceful way to spend the morning, it was back on the road for our last 6+ hours of driving, to arrive home by bedtime.  It was a good trip, and our own pillows on our own beds never looked so good.

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Just a bit of road-trip trivia (and since our kids are too young for the license plate game)–can you guess what kind of full fruit/vegetable trucks we spied more than any other while driving through CA’s Central Valley?

If you guessed tomato, you are correct.

ripe tomatoes

ripe tomatoes

During one 2 hour stint at the wheel I counted 80 North-bound tomato trucks (yes, EIGHTY, yes, FULL), and eleven trucks full of garlic heads.  Interesting!

roadside sculpture

roadside sculpture

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