I live on the Northern California coast.
I actually live about 11 or 12 miles inland as the crow flies, and there’s a pretty radical change in weather between the coast and even 4 or 5 miles inland. Foggy and cold at the coast can still mean 85 degrees where I am.
When it hits 100 at my house, we go west.
When it’s mild inland, you’re gambling a bit with the coastal weather. Has the fog burned off yet? How windy is it? Will it break 65 degrees?
And weather websites lie. They lie lie lie.
They will tell you that the coastal fog will be burning off by noon for you to find yourself standing in gray soup at 2.
They will tell you that the high temperature will be 78 degrees, and you will be shivering in your t-shirt because it’s 60.
Or, they will tell you that the winds are a breezy 5-10 mph, and you will lose your beach blanket to the waves as soon as you step off it because a 25 mph gust of wind decides that the ocean needs it more than you do.
There are no guarantees on the Nor Cal coast. It’s a bit like buying a used car.
Except it’s gloriously beautiful.
This is not a sandy beach. We do have them, but they bear little relation to the beaches of Southern California. The waves are fierce and loud. The water is cold. Even the beaches where the sand is sand, and not pebbles.
People do surf up here, but certainly not here.
Mollusks galore. I thought these were mussels. Himself said barnacles. I could look it up, but it’s more entertaining to argue about. Plus, if I don’t look it up, in my head one of us is right and only one of us is an idiot. But it’s entirely possible that we’re both idiots. (And WP is trying to tell me that “mussels” isn’t a word. WP is anti-mollusk.)
Lots of seaweed of various persuasions.
And Cliffs of Insanity!!
These rocks, as identified by my sister-in-law, are basalt and chert. She was able to identify the beach we were on by the rocks she saw in my hand in the photograph. Have I mentioned lately that my family is made entirely of nerds?
And finally, the reason we were at the coast in the first place:
To celebrate my amazing, wonderful, loving, smart, funny, sexy husband on Father’s Day.
My life is better in all ways because he is in it.
And I love any reason to celebrate him.