Bay Area for Christmas

We’ve made it to the last post before being caught up. After our knee-torturing hike of Half Dome, Laura and I started to settle down for a fall and winter in the Bay Area. This year we would stay at a RV park a little south down the coast from where we spent autumn last year. It’s a small town call Half Moon Bay, about half way between San Francisco and Santa Cruz on the famous California Highway 1. It’s really a pretty perfect place to winter. You have anything you could need from a city 30 minutes away, but the feel of a sleepy beach town.

Lizzy Comes To Town

We took a trip back to Kentucky and came back to a visit from Laura’s sister Lizzy. We had not seen her in too long and it was nice to catch up with her in her old stomping grounds. She went to school in Palo Alto and knows the area well.

HO, HO, HO in Half Moon Bay

Then before we knew it, it was Christmas time in California. It was hard for us Kentucky folk to get use to 60 and 70 degree days in December, but we managed. I was able to ship a few Christmas decorations out from Kentucky for the trailer, so the Christmas spirit was strong with us despite the warm weather.

Rudolph
Our version of Rudolph

Laura found a big treat just down Highway 1. It  was a dock with fishing boats in a Christmas decoration contest. This was pretty far out for us folk from landlocked states.

Christmas boat
Christmas Crab Boat
Christmas dock
Christmas time at the fishing dock

One of the draws for us to the Bay Area is our friends we call our “California Family”, Kat, Max, and Z. It is always hard to spend the holidays away from your family, but having friends as good as these helps keep the spirit of the season up.

California Family Christmas
California Family making bourbon balls

Our Favorite Local Past-times

Christmas came and went, but the weather on the California coast was still very friendly to us. One of the biggest reasons Laura and I like it here so much is the amount of hikes and field archery ranges that are so close to where we live. We are very into archery and just 30 minutes away there are two field archery ranges. We try and hike into the coastal redwood forest and shoot the 28 target archery ranges as often as we can.

And there are the hikes along the coast. Within a few miles of our home there are trails that start at the ocean and go up to 2,000 feet about sea level. They are pretty hard hikes and a great way for us to stay in shape over the winter. We would load up our backpacks with gallon jugs of water for weight, and then hike up the mountain.

Ashley and Lani Visit

After the New Year my brother and sister-in-law came for another visit. My brother and I drove to Northern California in pursuit of steelhead. Steelhead are genetically the same as rainbow trout, but they are anadromous which means they migrate to the ocean to return and spawn in the same fresh water they were hatched in. This migration to the ocean causes them to be physically different from rainbow. The coloring is a little different and the size changes: Steelhead can get pretty big. We got to get our hands on a few adult steelhead, but the big boys have yet to be caught by us. Still it was a blast. They fight hard and long in the cold waters of January.

They even went on one of our hikes up the coastal mountains with us. It was a beautiful day to hike up to the top and look down on the city.

Ashley and Lani hike
Ashley and Lani with the city behind

There you have it, ya’ll are all caught up… well kinda. By the time this posts, we will be on the road again somewhere in the southern part of the country making our way back east. I’m sure there are more adventures to have and write about. Thanks for checking in, and we will have more to show soon.

Until Next Time…

Wes

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