The coastline between Pigeon Pt. lighthouse and Aņo Nuevo

Camp Costanoa--August, 2007


As you might have noticed by the dearth of photos and trips, work has kept me extremely busy. But Lori and I did find a little time to hit the coast for a long weekend of R & R.

We stayed at Camp Costanoa which is located on thousands of acres on the coast just south of Pescadero. The Camp consists of a lodge, cabins, tents, and campsites, so you can have any type of weekend there. It's very kid-friendly, so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic, honeymoon, I'd go someplace else. But if you're looking for a nearby getaway with beach and mountain walks galore, it's great!

Alice's Restaurant

Alice's Restaurant

We drove out Friday, and had brunch on the way at Alice's Restaurant. Then we set up our chairs and umbrella at the San Gregorio State Beach (which even has a Wikipedia entry) and read for a few hours. Finally, we arrived at Camp Costanoa, relaxed for a bit more, and then had dinner at the Camp's restaurant. Kids were everywhere, and there was a wedding rehearsal dinner going on upstairs, but the service was good and the food was excellent. We then hit the hot tub. It was hot and the jets were strong.

Duarte's Tavern

Duarte's Tavern

On Saturday, we discovered that the breakfast service at the restaurant is really, really slow. So, don't go there if you're in a hurry. Do help yourself to the coffee in the back to help bide your time. We then took a hike down and around the coast, and did a little tidepooling. Most of the California coastline is gorgeous and this strip was no exception. We then hit the hot tub (again) and drove up to Pescadero for a delicious dinner in a relaxed setting at at Duarte's where Lori ran into her salsa teacher. Back at the camp, we enjoyed a presentation by Monique Smith Lee from the California Bat Conservation Fund (CBCF) of slides, stories, and several of her patients. Very cute! For a bat.

We were prepared for the wait for breakfast Sunday morning, and afterward we took a leisurely hike on the mountain behind the Camp. Great vistas were afforded at every turn. Upon our return, we relaxed some more, read, and then had another tasty dinner at the Camp's restaurant again. It was much, much quieter as most of the kids had left. We had booked Sunday night as well as the Leonid meteor showers were expected that night and they did not disappoint. I watched them the first couple of hours from the comfort of the hot tub (yet again!) and even caught a great fireball which burned and tumbled in multicolor across the sky. Later, Lori and I layed out a blanket and watched them until two. They averaged about one per minute: sometimes several would appear together and then would disappear for a few minutes when we could bask in the vast expanse of ink black sky and the foggy Milky Way. There was no fog, no city lights, and the conditions were superb.

On Monday, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast (because that's all you can have at the restaurant in the morning), headed back over the hill and went to work.


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