Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pacifica and Half Moon Bay

True story: I almost cried twice while enjoying my escape from my normal life. Tears of joy nearly fell down my face.

It was just me, surfers and a few Earth Day volunteers on Pacifica State Beach at 9:00 a.m. Oh, and the fog. Lots of fog but not enough to put a damper on the start of my day.

At 9:30, it was time to hit the road. I drove about 8 minutes before seeing major eye candy down below. I've seen beaches in Maui, Kona, Honolulu, Italy, Southern California among others. But this beach....this beach was breathtaking. It is Montara State Beach. There are a few Montara State Beaches but this is the first one when going South on 1. The parking lot is on the left. I walked down about 100 steps after admiring the views from above, kicked off my shoes, grabbed my camera and walked close to the water. The cold splash of ocean water on my feet made me jump. I felt alive and happy. I was captivated by the view.

I walked back up the stairs (huffing and puffing fo' real), got back in the car and drove to The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. The fog was still pretty low so my pictures aren't as clear as I would have liked but this hotel is gorgeous. There is a free parking lot for coastal access but the first thing I did was use the bathroom because I had to pee real bad. You're welcome.

Yes, I took pictures of the bathroom. They were real nice.

No paper towels here. 

On a day where I planned to sit on multiple beaches, I wore a dress. My goal was to look nice (mainly for The Ritz) but be warm. If it got too hot (never did for me) I could remove my leggings and be happy in my dress. I also changed my shoes at one point. I'm so fancy. I've almost got a case of boob necklace here. 
Cardigan, necklace and dress: Forever 21
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes and purse: Target

Once I finally left the bathroom, I walked onto the trail towards the beach. The hotel/resort area is pretty small but gorgeous.

I was getting hungry and had a place back towards Pacifica picked out for lunch so I left the hotel. On my way out, I passed by the Valet Parking lot and saw several Ferrari's. My husband is in love with Ferrari so I whipped out my camera and snapped some photos for him. In hindsight, I should have walked over and asked if I could get my picture taken with one of them. Wife of the Year!

I drove through Main St. Half Moon Bay (cute) and onto my destination for lunch, Miramar Beach Restaurant. This is right on the water. Amazing views and the food was good too. Turning left to get back on Northbound 1 would have taken FOR-EV-ER if I wouldn't have caught a lucky break but I recommend this restaurant. Very nice.

I made one last stop in Pacifica at Pacificakes for two cupcakes. I know, I broke my 21 Day No Junk Food thingy. I paid for it too. I felt so heavy! Good cupcakes though!! Go there.

I didn't mean for this to be so wordy. Basically, it was an awesome, incredible, perfect day. I want to do it again tomorrow and the next day. Taking a day just for me, by myself was just what I needed. I'm already planning on escaping again next Saturday! Where? Who knows!!!

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