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Posts Tagged ‘pier’

No Such Thing as Bad Weather

Posted by Jody on December 21, 2013

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;

there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

~John Ruskin

The Crystal Pier Hotel Cottages at Pacific Beach

The Crystal Pier Hotel Cottages at Pacific Beach

Do you see what I see?

Yep, that’s a Christmas tree way out there on the end of Crystal Pier!

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

Greetings from the Rotary Club!

Christmas Greetings from Pacific Beach

… and from the Pacific Beach (aka: P. B.) Town Council

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

Someone else who didn’t seem to mind the rain!

Merry Christmas from Pacific Beach!

Merry Christmas from Pacific Beach!

View from the Pier at  Pacific Beach

Looking Toward Pacific Beach and Mission Beach from Crystal Pier

Ever-funky Pacific Beach, California, was unusually sleepy on the recent stormy afternoon that Greg and I visited. The three mile long (typically lively) boardwalk was as quiet as it could be. The soft sands were completely deserted, and the famous Crystal Pier didn’t entertain even one fisherman. Only a smattering of the customary wet-suited surfers were braving the gray waves.

Dodging bands of frigid rain to reach the end of the pier (heading out and turning back a number of times), we finally decided to just make a run for it. It was well worth it! The Crystal Pier offers fantastic views of the surrounding Southern California beaches and coastline, no matter the weather.

♫ Seems it sometimes rains in Southern California! ♫ San Diego actually has only 42+/- days of rainy weather each year, leaving a whopping 323 days for somewhat less soggy fun at the beach!

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Related links:

Pacific Beach

Crystal Pier

Lightning Safety at the Beach

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Santa Cruz-a-palooza (Part 3: The Wharf & Marine Sanctuary)

Posted by Jody on May 15, 2013

The Santa Cruz Wharf on California’s Central Coast  ~A quiet midweek in early May~

At 2,745 feet in length, the wooden Santa Cruz Wharf is the longest pier on the West Coast of the USA.

Greg and I had the best time exploring the Santa Cruz Wharf. We could hear the California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) barking from the beach, but we didn’t spot the first set of these noisy critters until we got to the very end of the wharf. The next morning, there were quite a few sea lions out enjoying the sunshine on the deck alongside the wharf’s waterside stairs. They were quite active and very entertaining!

About the marine sanctuary aspect of the Santa Cruz Wharf:

“The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is a Federally protected marine area offshore of California’s central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the MBNMS encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 6,094 square miles of ocean. Supporting one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems, it is home to numerous mammals, seabirds, fishes, invertebrates and plants in a remarkably productive coastal environment. The MBNMS was established for the purpose of resource protection, research, education, and public use of this national treasure. The MBNMS is part of a system of 13 National Marine Sanctuaries and one marine national monument, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Source: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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More helpful links~ The City of Santa Cruz: The Santa Cruz Wharf

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Marine Protected Areas and the California Marine Life Protection Act

Posted in Beach and Coastal Wildlife, Northern California Beaches, Sea Lions and Seals | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

“Baby, it’s cold outside!”

Posted by Jody on January 21, 2013

A Rainy Day in Manhattan Beach, California

A Rainy Day in Manhattan Beach, California

“Baby, it’s cold outside!”

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Since I couldn’t decide which category this photo fit into best, it’s my entry for both!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

&

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Weather

Which Photo Challenge theme would you have chosen for this snapshot of a young couple, all snuggled up together, on a rainy day at Manhattan Beach Pier? Beyond or Weather?

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Travel Theme: Festive

Posted by Jody on December 21, 2012

Celebrate the Season! Hermosa Beach, California

Celebrate the Season! Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach, California

Even on a cold and rainy December day, signs of the Christmas season give Hermosa Beach, Schumacher Plaza, and the pedestrian friendly pier a really festive and fun holiday atmosphere!

This week’s Travel Theme topic is “Festive.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Posted by Jody on December 10, 2012

Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before

~It Never Rains in Southern California, Lyrics by Albert Hammond

Yes, it rains in Southern California!

December day on Manhattan Beach

I beg to differ…

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Changing Seasons.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Posted by Jody on November 4, 2012

Rigging

The Balclutha is a historic three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship berthed at Hyde Street Pier in the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.

Launched in 1886 by the Charles Connell and Company shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland, the ship carried goods around Cape Horn (tip of South America) 17 times.

It took a crew of about 26 men to handle the ship at sea with her complex rigging and 25 sails.

The next time you are visiting The City by the Bay, be sure to stop by and experience this wonderful collection of Pacific Coast maritime history. The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park also maintains a lovely, family friendly beach with the picture perfect views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hyde Street Pier. We never miss it!

Related post:  San Francisco’s Aquatic Park Beach

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is “Geometry.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Posted by Jody on October 22, 2012

Evening Silhouette, Imperial Beach Pier, Southern California

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Silhouette.”  I just had to choose the striking wooden pier at Imperial Beach, California as my subject.  Imperial Beach is one of our favorite sandy get-aways!  The pier, the beach, and the surfers are all über photogenic. Highlighting  Imperial Beach (once again) is my pleasure!

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Posted in Monday Miscellaneous, Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

 
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