We had a new traveller with us today Bryana, she is Catherine's friend. We where now up to 6. Loaded with our picnic basket, full of soft drinks, sandwiches, cookies and coffee, we headed off towards Santa Cruz.
These journeys are as much about the adventure as it is about the lighthouse. So we took the scenic route, 92 to Half moon Bay and down highway 1. A journey full of beautiful scenery and interesting views. As we drove the coast highway we could hear the joyful laughs and songs of the children in the seats behind us. Age does not discriminate who is a child. But it is the innocence and joy of the heart.
We came upon Pigeon Point and we of course had to stop. We took a break for a cup of coffee and a fag for Eddie. The kids managed to get to the beach and Jamie picked some shells from the beach. She has collected shells from every beach that has a lighthouse. I took some more photographs of this lighthouse and I suppose I will take more.
From there we headed on to Santa Cruz, I had a vague idea of where I was going. I knew we had to turn right on Bay Street and at some some stage Right on West Cliff Dr. Our navigational system was not much help, so Catherine phoned Barbara and we got directions. It was as I had figured out. But better safe than sorry.
We arrived at the lighthouse. It is a beautifully located lighthouse. Located on the beach and within viewing distance of Walton Lighthouse. The Boardwalk is situated between both lighthouses and is most scenic. It is very postcard scenic, sail boats, kayaks, surfers, trees, pelicans, seals, blue water and blue skies.
The area is beautiful, we drove up the West Cliff Dr, and enjoyed the great homes and the coast lines. We finally drove to the harbor near Walton's lighthouse and had lunch. We stayed for a few hours on the nearly deserted beach within view of the Boardwalk. Children where left to themselves as they frolicked in the water and played in the sand. Visiting lighthouses is not just the lighthouse but the area surrounding, it becomes the adventure of discovery. Collecting little artifacts along the way, observing animals, birds and the environment. Finding the story behind the lighthouse itself. Who where the keepers and why. Why was the lighthouse built, did it have fog horns, I could go on and on.
So to finish we took the scenic route home and caugth the sunset on pigeon point. It was stunning and it brought a beautiful finish to my days. It also brought a quandry to my mind. I want to photograph these lighthouses at dawn, sunset and night, summer and fall. Some I will, but sadly not all. 3 lightouses, 2 beaches, a harbor, seals, pelicans and a sunset, now how cool is that.
Please join me on my next adventure.