Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, CA
Pulgas Water Temple, Redwood City, CA
For some reason, I have always thought that Half Moon Bay was extremely far away from San Jose. Perhaps it is just the mountain trail that leads to the city proper but the drive wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. To start our trip into Half Moon Bay, we visited the Pulgas Water Temple. When I heard Water Temple, I thought Legend of Zelda, so of course we went. The Greco-Roman pillars truly make this monument feel like a temple, a place where people would come to pay their respects to the gods who helped them travel safely. But there is a twist. On the upper ring a bible verse is inscribed into a rock. This truly is a temple, but not of the Romans, of the Christians. It is a very cool monument and is worth the five minute detour.
Just down the drive is Filoli. We used our student ID cards to get a discount there. The Filoli estate and gardens are one giant time capsule. Run almost completely by volunteers, we got a tour of the estate. A mansion built in 1915, this massive building houses art, architecture, and machinery from another era. I highly recommend the tour, as you travel through each room, you get a piece of history from the furniture, to the luggage, to the silver vault, to the silverware, everything has a story. When you reach the back of the estate, you exit into the gardens.
The last highlight for me has to be the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach. Tide pools are a huge fascination of ours. Every tiny pool is its own little world. The rocks hidden in the fog made for a wonderful adventure. Even as I had to travel across the rocks barefoot, I couldn’t help but smile. Any time I see my love get excited about a picture or a location, I know it is all worth it. That is why I travel, to see beautiful places with my beautiful Lynn. Hope you enjoyed the post and all its sappiness, and until next time, happy adventuring!
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