This morning my hubby and I decided to drive over to Half Moon Bay to shop for some statuary for our yard. My hubby suggested we leave early and have breakfast over there, and as breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and he rarely offers this option, I jumped on it.
Living in the middle of Silicon Valley, you get used to the hustle and bustle of the area but Half Moon Bay is a coastal town that seemingly time has forgotten. It still has that feel of an old-fashioned hometown with family values.
The quaint downtown consists of maybe a mile long stretch of road, aptly named Main Street, with cafés, furniture, and knick knack shops that offer an air of sophistication trickled in from the larger surrounding cities.
Even if you don’t live in the Bay Area, you may have heard of Half Moon Bay as it is famous for it’s Annual Pumpkin Festival held each year in October which draws hundreds of thousands of people for the harvest festivities and weigh-in of the largest pumpkin.
Just north of Half Moon Bay is the site of the famous Mavericks Surf Contest. Mavericks draws some of the world’s best big wave surfers where waves can routinely crest at over 25 feet and top out at over 80 feet as depicted in the mural below located in downtown Half Moon Bay.
As we pulled in on Main Street we were surprised to see that the majority of Main Street was blocked off with barriers and surrounded by police cars. At first we thought it might be a Faire or a Farmer’s Market but there were no tents or vendors to be seen. We quickly discovered that we had arrived just in time for a local parade. We quickly picked a location for breakfast and found a street side table for perfect parade viewing.
Just as we settled down at our table, we heard the marching band start to play. The parade was just long enough to entertain us throughout our breakfast.
After breakfast, we made our stop at the statuary shop with no luck so we started to head home. As we were driving, my hubby once again surprises me and turns off the main road leading to the freeway and decides to take the back roads home. The drive was beautiful through the curvy, tree-lined streets and faint fog throughout the drive added an element of mystery. We made many pit-stops so I could take some pictures of the gorgeous landscape. Here is a sample of what I captured but I will save the rest for another post.
All in all, it was a wonderful serendipitous day that brought many sweet surprises.