Just not ready to leave yet!

We keep moving our moving date which is really ok because we keep finding things to do that we hadn’t gotten around to yet.  We took a drive up to Mt. Umunhum for some great views of the valley and to see if we can get close to that big box that sits on the hill.  The box has been there since the 60’s and is now controlled by an open space district so you can hike the mountain.  We didn’t get to hike because when you get to where the road is closed and the hiking begins there are big signs stating that dogs are not allowed!  Oh well, it was a very clear day and we enjoyed the view.

It's a really big metal box!

It’s a really big metal box!

A lot of haze and really cold.  You can really see so much and it isn't really that high

A lot of haze and really cold. You can really see so much and it isn’t that high

The weather has finally jumped into normal.  70 degrees and perfectly blue skies and no wind.  I heard on the news that they were going to have the Maverick’s Surf competition in Half Moon Bay this Sunday because the surf was going to be good.  We would not even think of going there for the competition, too many people, but I thought it would be a good chance to take a drive and see the big waves on Thursday.  Thinking it is only 4 days away the surf should be good.

We headed to the coast with a stop in Moss Landing for some great clam chowder at Phil’s .  The best clam chowder besides mine!  The clam chowder was great and the weather was spectacular although the bay looked very calm, almost like a lake!  Hum,   I thought sure the surf would be good if the big waves were coming on Saturday.  So we headed up the coast past Santa Cruz with a stop just north and enjoyed a wonderful walk on the beach where Duke could run crazy and dig giant holes.  His holes were the only giant things today at the beach because the waves were very ordinary!

Beautiful, but not what I was expecting.

Beautiful, but not what I was expecting.

I have lived in San Jose most of my life and have never experienced the “Big Waves”  that I had been hearing about.  Apparently the waves are sparse!  After further investigation I learned the waves for Sunday’s competition are still out near Hawaii and will arrive Saturday afternoon and besides that along the coast they will only be 10 feet.  Apparently the only place for the really big ones are right on Mavericks’ Beach which is really impossible to get near when they deem it a good time for the competition.  Your best viewing is on TV!!!

It really didn’t matter because a day at the beach is a special day anyway.  It was so warm that if we had planned better we could have stayed awhile and even had a picnic.  I have not seen a day at the beach this nice since we have been back in CA  so I was so happy.

California coast is very special

California coast is very special

Since we had traveled so far north we decided to continue to Pacifica past Devil’s Slide where they are building a tunnel and the spectacular, crazy road on the edge of a cliff will no longer be driven once the tunnels are opened sometime in the next couple of months!  I can’t believe how beautiful of a drive this is and will be gone in a few short weeks. The good news is San Mateo County will be opening it later in the year for hiking and biking – that is going to be very cool!

Looking north to Devils Slide

Looking north to Devils Slide

Besides taking wonderful drives we have also spent our extra time getting in one last visit with as many people as we can.  We spent a wonderful weekend camping with some of our camping/square dance friends in Gilroy.  We were able to reconnect with four couples, three that we hadn’t seen in at least 5 years.  We played cards and ate way too much, just like the old days!  It was so nice to see them and get caught up on everyone.

And,  of course we are still working on the house!  The toilet leaked last week so Paul got to play plumber!  Yuck!  Today I got to work on the cobblestone path I started.  Hopefully Amy can finish it over the next couple of weeks.  She made me help with 4, 80 lbs of concrete today!

So much fun!

Ouch!  I’ll be lucky if I can get out of bed tomorrow!!!  Oh well, I’ll be watching the 49er’s!

We leave for the desert in 2 days!

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