Weekend Trip: Pescadero and Half Moon Bay

This guy celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday (!!!), so we took a weekend trip to Pescadero, California, which is about halfway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. The weather has been really nice in the Bay, so we thought it would be fun to explore the great outdoors. I guess that I should preface this blog post by saying that I am not what most would consider to be outdoorsy. I really am so selfless... :) 
On Saturday, we went hiking in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. You can park right at Pescadero State Beach and then walk into the park (for free!). We did a 7 mile hike up to the top of a hill that overlooked the beach and the strawberry fields below.
 View from the top!
Afterwards we hung out at the beach for a while and watched the kite surfers. Since we worked up quite an appetite, we went to Duarte's for dinner, which is known for its artichoke soup and its olallieberry pie - so good!
On Saturday night we stayed in a tent bungalow at Costanoa, which also has a campground and nicer cabins. We've been joking and calling it glamping - even though we didn't have to pitch our own tent, it was definitely bare bones. The tent came with a bed, heated mattress pad, lamp, and fire pit - that's about it!
On the way home, we took the scenic US 1 back up the coast, and the views were amazing. We stopped at the Pigeon Point lighthouse. There is actually a hostel at the base of the lighthouse - wouldn't it be exciting and chilling to stay there?
Our final stop was in Half Moon Bay. We ate breakfast at a local diner called Sam's and then Lucas went surfing while I sat on the shore and addressed a few save the dates. :)
It was such a fun trip. Weekends like this make me never want to leave California. 


Lucas said...

Awesome weekend - glad you documented it!

Kristina Comer said...