Today was such a wonderful day, I wanted it to have a blog post all of its own.
It has been unseasonably warm here and I decided I should take a coastal walk. I usually neglect these trails because they are flat and I seek the challenge of incline hikes. My back has been a little sore lately though, so I’ve been gentle and there’s no better time for a flat walk than when healing.
Cowell-Purisima trail is usually only open on weekends, but had extended weekday open hours for the holiday season. I decided to take advantage of that and headed to Half Moon Bay to see the Pacific Ocean. I stopped and got a sandwich with avocado sprouts and other veggies on tasty seeded bread to eat along the way.
The trail runs between farmland and the ocean bluffs. Beyond this really cool gate, there were fields of artichokes! My favorite vegetable growing on a farm overlooking the Pacific Ocean? I’d like to live there now please.
I thought it was pretty cool that if I looked east, toward Redwood City where I live, I could see the hilltops of Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve, one of my favorite hiking spots that overlooks Half Moon Bay. I love that- when two hiking spots are within line of sight of each other from miles away. This is probably something that happens only rarely most places, but with the abundance of hiking trails in the SF Bay area, it happens somewhat regularly here.
But of course the main show was the coastline. It still feels exotic to me, this “other” ocean, growing up thinking of the Atlantic as The Ocean. It still seems odd and in-congruent that the sun sets over the blue horizon, not rises. For that reason, I really enjoy looking at it. And the sound. Is there anything as relaxing as the sound of the ocean?
All this was lovely, of course, but the real treat for me was seeing the harbor seals. I had never seen them before and I was so enamored of them swimming and bathing in the sun. I wish my iPhone camera could have adequately captured what my eyes could see, but alas. Still, as I sat on this outcropping after 5 miles of walking, eating my sandwich and watching the seals, I couldn’t think of any better place to be or thing to be doing.
I was a happy camper when I got back to my car and then it got even better. I put the top down because it was so incredibly nice outside (oh my snowbound friends, I am so sorrynotsorry) and on the way out of town I pulled over at a farmstand to see what kind of veggies they had.
And I ended up being able to buy some baby artichokes from the very farm I had been walking by all afternoon, as well as some brussel sprouts, lemons, and tomatoes.
Tomorrow is my 36th birthday, but the universe gave me my gift today. No matter what tomorrow is like, I am grateful.