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Devil’s Slide Trail Hike

The tunnel is open…. it took decades of squabbling and environmental impacts and millions of $$. Don’t you want to see it up close?

This WAS a treacherous drive, landslides and swerving drivers, and road hazards. The two lanes were often clogged with traffic and you wouldn’t bike ride here, unless you were nuts!

All that has changed with the tunnel. The views are spectacular, easy access to Hwy 1 if you are heading south, of course there is not enough parking. (sigh) Parking is VERY limited at the trailhead so please carpool. You can even arrange to drop your car off at the Linda Mar Park & Ride and have a buddy pick you up to lessen the trouble of parking multiple cars.

It is worth the effort. This is now the “gateway” to Half Moon Bay, and traffic pours into the coast this way. Pacifica has become a destination and is “re-discovered” for trails, dog walks and other fun…..  Ocean View, nice sunset walk, clean air, bike riding…. go explore.

Hiking with California Native Plant Society!

Listed below are 2 upcoming coastal hikes. Please contact Toni Corelli to sign up:
Sunday 5/11/2014 Bean Hollow Pigeon Point Lightstation – 10 am- 2 pm
Tuesday  5/13/2014 Bean Hollow – 10 am – 1 pm Pebble Beach to Bean Hollow San Mateo Coast

The one mile walk between Bean Hollow Beach and Pebble Beach offers a close-up look at tide pools, wildflowers, and colonies of harbor seals and shorebirds. The trail is one of the best places along the San Mateo coast to see a largely undisturbed landscape of native coastal plants. After the walk we will have lunch at Pigeon Point Lightstation to see the restoration of the native vegetation around the light house. Park at the Pebble Beach parking lot (Bean Hollow parking lot is further south, don’t park there) west of Hwy. 1, approximately 15 miles south of Hwy 92. Bring lunch, water, dress in layers.
To sign up contact
Toni Corelli:
Another great hiking resource – www.bahiker.com has discussion boards and step by step hiking guides, here is an excerpt:
About noon we reached the little farming community of Pescadero where I had to stop at Norm’s Market and  buy one of their delicious bear claws from their Arcangeli bakery.  Does that place smell wonderful!   Now at  Pescadero State Beach, we found vegetation there, at Bean Hollow State Beach, and Pigeon Point all looking rather dry though all the usual species like goldfields, yellow bush lupine, and scarlet pimpernell, were making a show.   We return via the Gazos Creek road past Butano State Park, where we found numbers of late booming wildflowers in tall grass.  Buckeye trees were starting to bloom along the well sheltered sunny lower streamside road areas.  I noted bleeding heart, poppies, fringe cups, morning glory,  andseveral other species.  Further up the road below bigleaf maples showed vibrant new spring leaves providing bright green understories while small steelhead trout fingerlings played in the small fern lined stream pools.  Below mission bells had all gone to seed   while forget-me-not, Douglass’s meadow foam, star flowers, and a few red clintonia provided modest  flowers.

Try a Full Moon Hike Jan 19

Let the Full Moon guide you! You can try for a calm beach walk and watch the water sparkle in the moonlight and listen to the waves rush and roar in gorgeous Half Moon Bay. After your peaceful time listening to the surf you can wind down at HMB Brewery afterwards.

Or try an urban walk in SF, heading down twisting Lombard Street’s pink brick.
The bright moon guide you over San Francisco’s most famous street. And it is not that easy, start at Pine and Polk, then climb up to Lombard and Hyde, take careful steps down Lombard’s switchbacks, and descend further on the Nob Hill side. Creep down Macondray Lane, the inspiration for Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. After our foray into history and fiction.
Don’t forget: With either hike you’ll want warm layers, shoes with very good traction for the descents slippery surfaces and water.

Bottle & Cork at La Nebbia

Recycle your wine Bottles the fun way!! On November 6 (additional dates follow)  La Nebbia Winery will be filling your bottles, any size, any label and they will cork them!

Update: THE NEW 2011 CALENDAR IS OUT. I just went to this event on Sept 18 – I had so much fun. Met some really nice people so even standing in line to fill up was fun. You’ll get a glass of wine, to try out what you are bottling. The “wine steward” is in the bottling area and will give you a filled glass. Grab one or two, one for your neighbor wating in line, and go back to your spot. The line moves pretty quickly, but your are chatting with your neighbors in line, so the time flies by.

HINTS: save your bottles, but if you don’t get enough, ask a restaurant if they can give you some empties! They are usually glad to do it, less recycling for them.

TO CLEAN bottles: put them in a bin of water, fill each bottle half full with water to “‘hold them down”. Leave a cork in the bottle so stuff doesn’t fly into them, you can take corks out at bottling time. Dump in a box of Baking Soda, let them soak for a week and the old label slides off. Voila clean bottle!

I’ll do it again next time,  the wine was great, easy parking (there is a big dirt lot), and they filled the bottles/corked while we watched.
The price? For a Standard 750 ml bottle, its just $4.95.
If you are planning a special event you can bring in your custom labels and they will put them on your bottle. How fun is that?  My labels said, “Jackie’s Joy Juice” – they were fun to design.

If you can’t be there on a bottling day, you don’t have to miss all the fun, you can drop off  your bottles prior to the event, or call 650-726-9463 to place an order. There were cases of empty clean bottles with names on them, awaiting filling. So even people that couldn’t make this event will have their own bottles.

Bottling Day Schedule for 2010 (occurs every month or so):

  • September 18 – Red Wine
  • November 6 Red Wine
  • November 13 White Wine
  • December 11 Red Wine
  • April 9 White Wine
  • April 16 Red Wine
  • Check the schedule at La Nebbia for more dates and wine type

Contact information:

La Nebbia Winery

12341 HWY 92

Half Moon Bay, CA  94019

Just before you reach the town of Half Moon Bay, going west it is a Left turn. If you are heading away from the beach, it is a Right turn.  Parking is easy, in front of the winery. Make sure to try the Port in chocolate cups, nothing ends a hard work day bottling like that!

Make sure to visit the Half Moon Bay Art Glass around the corner. They are making up a batch of Pumpkins, jelly fish and hearts to celebrate the season. They also give lessons, if you have ever wanted to try glass blowing. Please have you lesson BEFORE the wine tasting, ok?

HMB Glass Contact info:

1234-1 San Mateo Rd. (Highway 92), HMB 94019

Phone: 650-283-5626    Open weekends, Friday through Monday 10-5pm

Art, Wine, Fun in Half Moon Bay

At the Wine Bar, the featured artist of the month for June is Suzie Farber. There are many events, music, great people… you’ll have fun!

270 Capistrano Rd  #22
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-0770   (In an enclosed courtyard. So rain or fog only increases the ambience!)

Susie Farber watercolors 

Artist’s Reception:Sunday June 20th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Susie Farber’s watercolors are marked by subjects that are lavish in color, light play, and rich in texture. In a medium known for its difficulties, Susie’s paintings are filled with spontaneity and depth. Vibrance and value contrast abound, along with the genuine feeling and delight of the painting process. susiefarb@earthlink.net

The wine bar has many fun events, and if you are heading to the beach in Half Moon Bay, I highly recommend it. You can get on their email list, just send a note: winebarhmbevents@gmail.com.