Bay Area interlude: Part VI

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Interesting shorebirds on Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, south of San Francisco.

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Such a nice little spot, and quite often empty.

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Rockaway is really two beaches, bisected by a motel and restaurant parking lot.

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Many of the seagulls have bright red beaks, which isn’t the case in The City as far as I remember.

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The birds seem to know something we don’t.

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And there it is: a Grey Whale breaks the surface and quickly splashes down again.

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It splashes its flukes for us a few times…

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…. and rolls around playfully.

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Looks like fun.

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Linda Mar Beach is a little further south, and has a nice bunny break for those who aren’t quite ready for Waimea Bay.

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It’s a much bigger beach with a lot more going on, but still pretty mellow.

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And it has the world’s coolest Taco Bell.  Yep, that’s a Taco Bell right on the beach.  It has huge windows and a lanai with a takeout window.  Pretty amazing that it hasn’t been turned into something swankier yet.  Just fine with me.

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Montara Beach is even further south.  It’s huge and empty.

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Lots of ice plant on the bluff above.

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And more whales!

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Thar she blows!  Just had to say it.

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Looks like a mother and calf.

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Beautiful sight.

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Time for us to migrate too as the Pacific fog creeps over the hills toward Crystal Springs Reservoir and the Peninsula.

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And five hours later I’m looking at the South Shore of Oahu, with Hanauma Bay on the right.  It’s great to be home.

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