Highway 1 Half Moon Bay to Monterey

Devil's Slide on Highway 1 in California

On the first day of our Highway 1 roadtrip we ventured farthest north to Devil’s Slide, then stayed the night in Half Moon Bay.

The next morning our trip down Highway 1 was foggy, something I haven’t been used to during this drive. I normally aim for a nice sunny day, but since we stayed the night in Half Moon Bay the night before, we had to take what we could get. To be quite honest, I don’t mind the fog. It sets a nice tone to the coast and makes it feel more calming than usual. During the drive I stopped at a few turnouts, a coastal access sign, and drove down West (and East) Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz before heading south to Monterey…

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Mitchell’s Cove Beach

Mitchell's Cove Beach in Santa Cruz, California

For the last few Sundays, we’ve started a tradition to spend them as exclusively family time. Weekend time is usually family time anyway, but we’ve made it a point to get out of the house too. Whether it’s a picnic, a bike ride, or a beach trip. Last week we visited Team Beach, and today I’m sharing a little trip we took to Mitchell’s Cove Beach in Santa Cruz, California. It’s a small cove on the west side that is dog-friendly and nearly disappears during high tide.

The tide was on it’s way out when we arrived, so we set ourselves up against the rocks on the far side of the beach. The sun was warm and welcoming, and tidepools full of beach life were scattered about the rocks in front of the breaks. There was a waterfall from storm water that ran into the ocean, and the surf must have been good because there were quite a few surfers out too.

Our usual routine is to eat lunch as soon as we arrive (less sand on little hands), then enjoy the rest of our day. The boys had a great time playing in all of the little areas, and later in the afternoon headed over to where the beach was larger. Søren ended up riding home without clothes because all of his were soaking wet and covered with sand. Who knew that February could make such a great beach month?

Mitchell’s Cove Beach
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California 95060

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Team Beach near Santa Cruz

Team Beach near Santa Cruz, California

Team Beach near Santa Cruz, California

Last week the weather was particularly warm in California so we decided to hit up the beach. We’ve been to all of the popular beaches in our area, so we ventured out to try a new and lesser known one. We visited Team Beach near Santa Cruz, California and although we hadn’t heard of it before it seemed to be very popular among the locals. The beach was so packed that it was hard for me to get a photo that didn’t include other people in it. This says a lot because as a professional photographer, I feel like this is a skill I have down to a science from photographing my clients in public areas. Anyway, it was a particularly warm holiday in Spring so I’m sure the beach isn’t always crowded.

There is a small stream that comes through the rock-faced cliffside, then finds it’s way to the ocean. The boys had a blast playing in it and created their own little rock dam from river rocks and sand. It didn’t hold back any water, but they still had fun creating it. In true Northern California fashion, there are also a lot of natural rock formations, one of which has a tunnel that leads to Panther Beach, just to the south. Most of the people who showed up seemed to visit this beach and I’ve heard that it is the better looking one of the two.

All in all we had a pretty good day at the beach. The weather was perfect and despite the crowds, we were able to keep to ourselves and enjoy the coastline.

Team Beach
CA-1, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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