When I was in the Bay Area last week, the boyfriend took Friday off and took me down to Pacifica and Half-Moon Bay. We rented a car and drove down from Oakland. Pacifica is a little town, a little run down, but not without its own particular brand of charm. The beach was deserted. Only a few stray dog walkers wandered along the sand. The temperature was perfect. It felt like summer was upon the Bay Area.
The boyfriend wanted to take a cheesy photo of me pointing at something far off in the distance. I refused but he still managed to trick me into a point-into-the-distance pose which he managed to snap with his phone. I refuse to acknowledge the existence of those photos.
After we walked around the pier, we drove to Half Moon Bay. It’s a quaint little place, much like a typical small town America. It reminded me of Carmel, which I frequented while living on the Monterey Peninsula, with its little artisan stores.
By then, it was mid-afternoon and we had a hankering for some food. The boyfriend’s co-worker had recommended a place with an excellent view; the Moss Distillery has a KILLER burger with a hearty, juicy patty. The view was also well worth the visit. There was outdoor patio seating, but it was too windy that day, so we decided to sit indoors.
After lunch, we walked down to the beach in hopes of seeing some sea lions. The tide had just gone out, uncovering, in its wake, a large tide pool. I had long been convinced that had I not chosen to become a interpreter/translator, I would have been a marine biologist. My experience with the tide pool proved this conviction to be true. I was fascinated with the little creatures the water had left behind. hermit crabs and snail-like creatures clung to the wet, cold sand. I also saw many a sea anemone that quivered and shrank upon touch. I even saw a sea anemone with a crab(?) claw in its mouth. I later discovered that they prey on crabs. Check out this video and prepared to be fascinated! I’m just glad that I didn’t poke any of them with my finger.
When I looked up, I saw there were a few little fins in a shallow area of water between the tide pool and the beach. At first, I thought it was probably a few sea lions. But then I realized the water there was far too shallow to allow a sea lion to be submerged (it was about 2-3 feet deep). I walked a little closer to see what it was and….. it was a dozen leopard sharks!! After I stood at the edge of the tide pool and observed them for a bit, they swam even closer to the beach. So we walked back to the beach to watch them even more. It was so cool! They were literally 2 feet away from me. I could have waded into the water and touched them if I wanted to. Maybe it’s time to consider a graduate program in marine biology…
If you are ever in the Pacifica area, be sure to check out the Moss Distillery and the awesome tide pool!
Photos: Taken by me on my HTC One X or by my boyfriend on his iPhone 4S