Having spent a fair amount of time in Northern California, I have a small knowledge of all it’s incredible spots. Yet, each time we visit I am reminded not just how much there is to see, but how much it varies. It’s impossible to see it all. At least in one trip. Knowing that we have planned to take it piece by piece. Every visit we will try to see and do something new.
On the top of the to-do list this year was to take Thomas to see Half Moon Bay. More specifically Mavericks. Tom has thrust into the surf world this year. I think we’ve watched Step Into Liquid a good thirty times this year. The soundtrack is on constant repeat. Learning the difference between surfers, their style, water temperatures and waves, and locations has opened curiosity in Thomas that we want to embrace. So seeing the big wave surf it the Bay was something we were all looking forward to doing.
Some brief concern over rain didn’t stop us from piling in the car and jumping over the hill. It was almost surreal exiting the freeway with clouds looming over and breaking through to the coastal area where the sun was shining bright. We started downtown having lunch at the most wonderful sandwich shop. The Deli at The San Benito House is like a treasure chest, it just gets better. You start at the fun Irish inspired bar and learn that right next door is a nook of a sandwich shop. A line out the door gave a hint we were in the right spot. While Matt ordered the rest of us went to find a table discovering the beautiful backyard. Plentiful patio seating led to another patio and a lawn for the kids to roam. In the corner a fountain and swing added to the magic of the yard. Of course, our sandwiches were delicious and the kids were able to run and play. If you are ever around HMB I highly recommend a stop at The San Benito House.
Following lunch we made our way to the beach. Since the sun had come out the influx of weekenders was apparent. We parked in a small lot at the end of W Point Ave and began our hike up to Pillar Point. Easily accessible trails lead you to a spot overlooking Ross Cove. The winds had picked up so we opted to enjoy the view for a bit rather than make a hike down to the water. We had hoped the weather would bring some of the needed force to create big waves at Mavericks, but the wind wasn’t quite strong enough. Still the location was a beautiful sight. Return trips were planned.