San Francisco Bay Area, California

A Day Trip from San Francisco to Pescadero, California

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When it’s pretty in San Francisco and you have nowhere to be, you make for the coast.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

You drive down beyond Ocean Beach, past Pacifica and you keep on going.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

You go through the tunnel at Devil’s Slide, which hadn’t even opened when we left in 2011, and you drive further south.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

You stop to take pictures at every pull-out because you can (and maybe to grab a beer in Half Moon Bay).

San Francisco Bay Area, California

And because the water is just so darn pretty.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

If you find a deserted beach—and you will; there are many—you stop for more than just a photo.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

You take your shoes off and dig your toes in the sand.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

And marvel at the fact that California is a state of 37 million residents, and you can still find peace and quiet.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

On this day, our slice of respite was Pescadero, a place I had stopped at many times over the years on drives down Highway 1.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

One girl in particular was in heaven. (OK, two girls really.)

San Francisco Bay Area, California

San Francisco Bay Area, California

This dog sure likes to get her paws dirty when we let her.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

We broke the rules and let her off leash. Don’t tell beach patrol.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

She’s in her happy place when she’s allowed to run free.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

San Francisco Bay Area, California

San Francisco Bay Area, California

San Francisco Bay Area, California

I guess she gets that honestly.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

You lured us right back in with your beauty, California. I promise it won’t be another two years before we return this time.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

COMMENTS
  • September 15, 2013

    I love how happy Ella looks! She’s the cutest. I can hardly handle it.

  • September 17, 2013

    Beautiful photos as always. I could use some of that California sunshine right about now!

  • September 17, 2013

    The California has always seemed like such a magical place to me. I’ve only ever really seen it once, when I was in California last year, but I want to go and visit it more of it and just marvel at it. It’s so, so different from the coastline that I’m used to in Virginia and it’s so beautiful, in a different sort of way.

  • September 18, 2013

    OMG. I love this place. California looks really amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • September 18, 2013

    aw looks like such a lovely trip!

  • September 18, 2013

    There’s seriously nothing better than a doggie on a beach!

  • September 20, 2013

    These are all very lovely photos. The place is really amazing.

  • September 20, 2013

    Next time you do this drive, check out La Costa Nera or the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay for drinks and snacks with a gorgeous view. Both are particularly excellent for sunsets.

    • September 20, 2013

      You know, I have written about La Costanera but never actually made it there (plight of the travel writer). Crazy, I know, but I usually only had a month to turn around each Frommer’s California guide so relied on a lot of phone interviews and other diners’ feedback! But I have stayed at the Ritz in HMB…love the s’mores bar ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • October 2, 2013

    How beautiful place this is ……I really love this. It is very nice to walk and play in this lovely beach with lover. Kristin, great photography and you once again posted very great Blog.

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