Saturday, January 12, 2013

"Pescadero State Beach at Sunset"

Here's a fresh piece, but an old photograph.  I took this photo in December of 2011, so just over a year ago.  The very next morning, I traveled home for the holidays, which may explain why it went unedited for so long.  But better late than never, right?

The stretch of shoreline along California's Pacific Coast Highway between La Honda Road and Pescadero Road is one of my favorites. It has three state beaches in about three miles of coastline, including this one, Pescadero State Beach. I'm not sure why I like this coast so much. It's not the most dramatic in the area, nor is it the most gentle... but perhaps it's a good compromise between the two. The beaches are walkable and not treacherous, but there are still some nice cliffs to give them that Pacific Coast feel. They are also quieter than most beaches around here, and offer plenty of solitude.

Perhaps another reason this shoreline is nice is because it's so easy to become familiar with.  It's like the comfort food of the Northern California coasts.  There is plenty to see, but not much to explore, once you've been there a few times.  Just hop in your car, drive over on route 84, pull into which ever of the three beaches strikes your fancy, and plop your tripod by the ocean's edge.  It's a great option for those times when you need a bout of outdoors to calm to soul, but can't afford the time, or mental distraction, of scouring new terrain.

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