Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Exploring San Mateo Coast Beaches

Little Lukas is exploring barnacles on a rock at the harbor beach just south of Princeton-by-the-Sea. Outside the harbor is where the annual surfing competition Mavericks takes place. From Princeton you can start southwards for a Half Moon Bay beach hike or a bike tour along the trail next to the beaches. Just 20 miles south of San Francisco, this area gets busy on week-ends. Other visitors of the area include pelagic birds. My favorite viewing point for birds and sea life is the beach west of Princeton and Pillar Point Harbor, where various rocks break the waves. And big they can get on stormy days. Mavericks surfers may enjoy them, but the beach can turn into a dangerous place. Barnacles will survive, but humans (little and big) may not.

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