Sunday, September 3, 2017

Escape to Half Moon Bay

Excessive heat.  Yeah, tell me about it especially when you do not have air conditioning. I could not take another day of it, so, I got up bright and early to avoid the inevitable traffic jam, and plopped myself down in lovely Half Moon Bay.  Temperatures expected to be well below what I had been experiencing in San Jose.

I arrived at 9:30am, parked on a side street off Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay.  The temperature made me shiver.  Divine.  What to do with myself all day, I mean, I'm not the kind of gal that can just hang at the beach all day.  So, I began to walk everywhere.  Beautiful artichokes in bloom!

I window shopped since most stores were not yet open.  When stores did eventually open, I was most happy in the 99 cent store.  I stopped at a Peet's and had coffee to warm me up.  How funny is that.

Advance warning:  Nudity.  I returned to downtown and came across this. Would love to see her at night.

Eventually I got around to walking to Half Moon Bay State Beach.  The sky was gray but who cares because the temperature was wonderful.  By parking downtown, and walking to my destination, I avoided traffic snarls, $10 parking fee and autos having to turn around and go to another beach.  Call me wise for knowing that I can not deal with that sort of stress; after all, I'm here to relax and escape the heat.

Hmm, what to do with myself?  Take a selfie.  The sky began to clear a bit.  I contemplated the meaning of my life.  That took about 5 seconds, so, I pulled out a book from my bag and read for awhile.

I watched the people below who obviously had the same idea as me.  Find comfort by going to the beach.  I marveled at the diversity of people present upon the beach.  I loved that.  Pakistanis in saris, elderly Vietnamese men, Latino families picnicking, and so on.  This is my America.

If only we could go into the water!  Much too cold.  All of a sudden, I felt terribly hot.  The peak of the day had arrived. I decided it was time to return home.  Even in the late afternoon, there was a traffic jam on Hwy 280 and 92 of cars wanting to get into Half Moon Bay to escape the heat.  I sailed through back to San Jose. Once home, my place getting close to 88 degrees, I realized that I will most likely need to visit my pool, but, along with the memories of a nice day at the beach. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Calling All Climbers

Perfect day weather wise for Miss P. and I to do Jerome's club ride.  Cool on the coast but not cold; unfortunately, much too warm for me upon our return to Woodside.  Another warming trend has descended upon us.  First, we climbed Kings Mountain.  I can't remember when I last did that lovely road through redwoods.  A female cyclist liked my socks.  Okay.  The conversations one has while biking.... This photo is somewhere on Tunitas Creek.

After descending Tunitas Creek Road , we turned onto Lobitos Creek Road.  This photo was taken later upon return.  Onward we climbed next tackling Verde, making our way to Half Moon Bay.

I have never cycled Purissima Creek Road nor Higgins Canyon Road.  What a treat.  Quiet but again involving rollers and a bit to the summit.  Some of the gang continued on to Half Moon Bay but Miss P and I decided to turn around at this point.

Good idea as the fog bank began to roll back in. I met a woman cyclist who helped me find my water bottle lid.  Somehow it fell off. 

Here we are admiring the view, somewhere on Lobitos Creek.  Next, we intersected with Tunitas Creek, and climbed that til we hit Kings Mountain for the final descent.  Miss P. encountered deer right before she turned on Tunitas Creek.  Me, I only saw a turkey vulture. Wait, I forgot, monarch butterflies were attracted to me and joined me several times on the ride.  A bee did as well but I told him to get lost.  Lots of male cyclists said hello.  One asked if this was my first time.  Oh, please.  Back in Woodside, I went to the market and guzzled a liter of water.  The woman at the checkout kept calling me honey.  She also wished me a nice day.  Thank you Ma'am, we had a nice outing.  It was a lot of climbing but worth it as we appreciated the beauty of where we live. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Favorite Organist

Lunchtime lecture at St Joseph Cathedral Basilica with my favorite organist, okay, the only organist I have ever met, but boy Dr. James Welch, University Organist at Santa Clara University was fascinating. He has performed all over the world, including Notre Dame in Paris and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.  And even in beloved Solvang.

His lecture:  "A Most Complex Machine:  The Tracker Organ, a marvel of human engineering, visual symmetry and acoustic beauty."   This organ contains 40,000 wooden parts.

We enjoyed his lecture as well as his concert that included pieces by Bach and "A whiter shade of pale" by Procol Harum.  What a nice way to close out the work week.