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Moss Landing State Beach

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It was nearly 11AM when we woke. I was angry at myself for wasting the morning, but relieved that I had a few extra hours of sleep. The kids already ate breakfast and were entertaining themselves, something that is starting to happen more often. We had our normal conversation about how late it was and went over our to-do lists a few times but nothing seemed right. I guess we really are California beach bums because we headed to Moss Landing State Beach, somewhere we’ve never gone before.

Parking was free, easy, and the sand was warm. A huge pod of at least fifteen Humpback whales was showing off, easily viewed from the beach. We made the most of our day, playing musical hats, digging holes, and looking for shells. On the drive home we were treated to the most beautiful sunset we’ve ever seen in our life. Take that, Alaska!

The day started and ended late, but it was so, so good.

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31 comments

  1. What beautiful photos! That’s some serious talent (and adorable kids 🙂 )

    1. Thanks! I think they’re pretty adorable too. 😉

  2. Gorgeous photography.

  3. Look at that pile of black flip flops, nothing cuter than tiny flip flops. The animated gif always gets me, I was stuck watching that for a minute or so 🙂

  4. How gorgeous!!!! Looks like a great beach!

  5. Wow, what beautiful photos. Looks like a great vacation.

  6. These are fabulous photos. You can almost feel yourself there through them!

    1. Thanks! I wish I would hold the camera still when I’m shooting for a .gif, lol. 🙂

  7. ok, the beaches over here on the east coast don’t have water that blue! jealous! and humpback whales showing off? super jealous! looks like you had a great day!

    1. What about Florida?! The beach was pretty in Virginia too. I think you just have to appreciate them for what and where they are.

  8. ahhhh i miss the beach!! i am so sad i didn’t take advantage of living close to it while i was in LA. i think Cali has the best sunsets too! 🙂

  9. This place looks gorgeous! I need a beach day.

  10. So beautiful! I have to say, I really am thankful that I live here 🙂 xoxo

    1. Pretty much. California. <3

  11. This was the perfect post to wake up (late!) too! Thinking of heading to Moss Landing today to see the whales. Woke up late thinking maybe it’s not worth it now by the time we find a zipcar load up the kids and drive from Berkeley… But now you’ve got me thinking we can do it 🙂

    1. I think you can and should! The whales were so busy that day. I think they were trying to show off.

  12. Such beautiful photos! Love your blog 🙂 Also, thanks for following me on Twitter!

    1. Thanks. 🙂

  13. What gorgeous photos! I need to head to the beach with my kiddo soon

  14. Beautiful! I went to school at UC Santa Cruz, and we spent plenty of weekends over in that direction. I love the Northern California coast.

    Cat
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  15. Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing! – Stacey Ann Loves

  16. I love a nice day to sleep in and then just enjoy the time being beach bums! What a gorgeous and fun day. I love your photographs, they are beautiful. I love that you made a gif as well, so fun to watch the waves.

  17. Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Love the gif 🙂

  18. What a beautiful place! We’re leaving to the beach tomorrow with my son and I’ve been looking this forward, sooooo long!

  19. Gorgeous photos – as always. I want a beach near me!

  20. Your photography is amazing, stunning pictures!

  21. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love the gif you have and your adorable photos!

  22. Gorgeous photos, Jessica! We go down to Monterey + Carmel quite often, but I’ve never stopped in Moss Beach. Looks like a gorgeous place and you had (most of) the beach to yourselves!

    It was great to meet you ladies at Original Gravity last week! Hope to see you again soon!

  23. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you all had a blast!

  24. Gorgeous photos and family as always 🙂 I love that animated gif. What a beautiful place to spend the day!

  25. Looks dreamy! Will look for this beach next time we are in California visiting family!