Thursday, February 9, 2017

Visiting Seacliff State Beach in Winter

The San Francisco Bay Area has been getting lots of rain over the past several weeks. A few weekends ago, there was a break in the rain and we spontaneously decided to go to the beach and enjoy the sunshine with friends of ours.

Our friends have a dog, and they suggested the dog-friendly Seacliff State Beach. It was a mild day, but I never trust Northern California beaches as it’s often cold (this is especially true in summer when there is lots of fog; in winter it’s actually often quite mild, but I like to be prepared). I was comfortable in a tunic, leggings, a denim jacket and a big scarf. I took off the scarf for part of the day and most would have probably also taken off the jacket.

Seacliff State Park 1 
Seacliff State Park 2
Stairs lead from the parking lot down to the beach. Many exercisers walk or run the stairs for a great workout.

Seacliff State Park 3
There is a pier and a famous concrete ship, the Palo Alto. The Palo Alto was built during World War I, and concrete was used instead of steel because of a steel storage. The ship was supposed to be used during the war, but it wasn’t finished in time. In 1930, the Palo Alto was moved from Oakland, where it was built, to Aptos and remodeled into an entertainment ship with a dance floor, heated pool, and other entertainment features. Unfortunately, the fun lasted only two seasons until the company running the ship went bankrupt. After that the Palo Alto was stripped and only used for fishing.

And that’s where Andy spent many afternoons during his childhood. The Palo Alto got damaged and closed to the public a while ago and received further damage in one of the big storms at the beginning of this year.

Seacliff State Park 4 
Seacliff State Beach 7
Because of the recent storms, there was a lot of debris on the beach, but it was a wonderful relaxing day, and I’m very glad we decided to go.

Seacliff State Park 5 
One last look before we headed home... 

Seacliff State Park 6

Questions:  What was you most recent fun weekend outing? What are your weekend plans? 


Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful view. LOVE days like this and LOVE your chunky scarf, so cozy and stylish!! xo

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  2. What a mentally recharging day, Andrea!! That's the only thing we don't have here in Colorado---the ocean!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, the ocean is so relaxing; perfect for recharging.

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  3. Looks like a great day! We'll have to make sure to get to the beach soon!

    Mary

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  4. The beach! The perfect day out! The sound of the sea, the seagulls, the waves. I love it. What a wonderful place to be! And how much fun it must have been for Andy to play there as a child! It s Paradise for kids!

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    1. Yes, the beach is wonderful! And you are right, it's especially magical for kids.

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  5. I have never been to a North Carolina beach, but I didn't know they could be cold in the summer! That is good to know. Beautiful photos and I love that scarf you're wearing with the b/w stripes!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  6. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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  7. What a beautiful beach! I really like that last photo too :) I don't go to the beach often enough in winter. Really need to get back into the habit of going, it's only 10 minutes away.

    Hope you have a great weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica! And how lucky are you to live only 10 minutes from the beach!?

      Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Love that last picture - looks so relaxing!!

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  9. There's something so utterly theraputic about being by the sea - all that ozone maybe? Anyway, I love the shots of the beach and all of the history of the place. Your striped top looks cosy especially with that lovely scarf wrapping you up.
    Wishing you a fab weekend x
    Anna

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    1. Yes, I love spending time at the beach. We live about 45 minutes away and should make it there much more often!

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  10. What beautiful photos. Enjoyed seeing your family a few posts back. Love the pic of your son with the football hanging mid-air. In the last photos, the water looks silvery cold and metallic. Shame the Palo Alto has been all but forgotten.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! And, yes, it's sad that the Palo Alto is now completely destroyed. My husband has such fond memories fishing off of it when he was young...

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