What I didn’t mention yesterday is that the pumpkin patch we went to is just a few miles from the beach. Instead of paying $10 to park, we drove just 2 miles farther to the free beach with cliff climbing access… yikes! It was absolutely gorgeous, though. And nobody else was there. I’ll take a freezing cold Northern California empty beach over a crowded warm Southern California beach any day!
Across the parking lot was a huge open field with these 2 beautiful horses. They were standing far off, but came right up to us when we approached the fence.
As I mentioned before, the only access to the beach was down a steep cliff path…
… I went down just far enough to take this picture, then headed back up to leave the camera in the car. I needed all my limbs free in order to get down!
While down below, we found a beautiful tide pool area, but spotted just one anemone and one baby eel. Up above, we spotted a red tail hawk and several pelicans. The kids were even able to make it back up the cliff with a pelican feather souvenir. 🙂