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.”
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
Greetings from the Rotary Club!
… and from the Pacific Beach (aka: P. B.) Town Council
Someone else who didn’t seem to mind the rain!
Merry Christmas from 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!
Lightning Safety at the Beach
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Posted by Jody on May 15, 2013
Sea Lion on the Crossbeams Beneath the Santa Cruz Wharf
The Santa Cruz Wharf
Benches Line the Santa Cruz Wharf
Looking Beneath the Wharf (Sea Lion on the Crossbeam)
A view toward Cowell Beach,Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz Main Beach to the Santa Cruz Wharf
Cute Coastal Critters (Santa Cruz, California)
Sunset at the Santa Cruz Wharf
“Sea Lions Just Stopping By” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Lifeguard Headquarters, Santa Cruz Wharf
Rental Kayaks on the Santa Cruz Wharf
Basking in the Morning Sun
Sunset on the Wharf: The Santa Cruz Wharf also features restaurants, gift shops and boat rentals.
A Quiet View
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
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: beach, California Central Coast, California Sea Lions, Marine Protected Area, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, pier, Santa Cruz Wharf, Zalophus californianus | 6 Comments »
Posted by Jody on January 21, 2013
A Rainy Day in Manhattan Beach, California
“Baby, it’s cold outside!”
Since I couldn’t decide which category this photo fit into best, it’s my entry for both!
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?
Posted in Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: A Word A Week Photograph Challenge, beach photography, beachy, beyond, Manhattan Beach California, pier, weather, Weekly Photo Challenge | 17 Comments »
Posted by Jody on December 21, 2012
Celebrate the Season! 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.”
Posted in Friday Finds, Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach near LAX, Christmas, Christmas decorations, Hermosa Beach California, Los Angeles County beaches, pier, Travel Theme | 7 Comments »
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
December day on Manhattan Beach
I beg to differ…
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Changing Seasons.”
Posted in Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach photography, Manhattan Beach California, pier, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | 14 Comments »
Posted by Jody on November 4, 2012
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.”
Posted in Today's Special | Tagged: Balclutha, beach, beach photography, Hyde Street Pier, pier, postaday, San Francisco, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Weekly Photo Challenge | 7 Comments »
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!
Posted in Monday Miscellaneous, Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach photography, Imperial Beach California, Imperial Beach pier, pier, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge | 10 Comments »