A Sea of Cypress Trees

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My very dear friend Richard told me about a grove of Cypress trees that sits on the cliffs in Moss Beach, just north of Halfmoon Bay in Northern California. So today I went in search of it. It’s a very peaceful, beautiful place to visit so I wanted to show you what it looks like and tell you how to get there.

First the pics…

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You’ll also see some nice views of the ocean while walking under the shade of the trees.

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To get there put the address to the Moss Landing Distillery in your GPS system. Park there (the last photo was one I took from the parking lot) then walk up past the restaurant and around to your left until you see the sign to the park. Walk straight past the sign and soon you’ll see the trees. Here’s the address for the restaurant and the location to the entry of the park. I hope you’ll check it out!

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Stagecoach Road

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If you visit the town of Pescadero, which is located off highway 1 in Northern California, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve blogged on it a few times so I thought I’d tell you about a scenic drive that will take you back to highway 1 if you’re heading north.

If you drive through town and keep going straight you’ll drive past the local cemetery which will be on your right. Just follow that road and enjoy some beautiful scenery. You’ll see cows, dodge deer, and wind around some gorgeous hills.

When the road hits a T you’ll see a country store on front of you. Stop in and get a beverage and stroll the isles. they have a lot of interesting things including a huge hat selection. I totally forgot to note the name so I will have to add that later. Then head west for about a mile and you’ll see highway 1 again. Here’s another pic from my drive today.

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Best Kept Secret…Mexican Food to Drive For

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I grew up in New Mexico so really appreciate good Mexican food. A few years ago I was in the quaint town of Pascadero and stopped for gas. While waiting for my tank to fill, I watched a ton of people enter and exit with bags of food. I went inside and found a little Mexican Restaurant. To this day it is one of my favorites. Today I got two tacos, (carnitas is the best in my opinion) rice and beans. I ate half and put the rest in an ice chest I always have when I do road trips. It was divine. I took a photo of the restaurant’s card so you have the information. (It’s a name that is way too long)

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I’ve blogged on Pascadero before so will just add a last pic taken outside the local grocery store where it always smells like fresh baked bread. Yum!

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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It’s a stunning day and the coast is warm and sunny. I pulled over and walked along the trails by the Pigeon Point Lighthouse before heading to my favorite Mexican restaurant in Pascadero, our next stop!

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Jam Tasting & a Field of Sunflowers

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One of my favorite places to stop is Swanton Farms where you can taste jams, buy home baked pastries and organic foods. There is no one running a cash register, you just drop your money in the cash drawer and take your change. I stop here often but this time there was a fun surprise. As I pulled off the road I saw the most amazing field of sunflowers. Huge six and seven inch stocks! This is a great place to visit if you’re driving up the coast.

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Saratoga Farmers Market

Saratoga Farmers' MarketEvery Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
Saratoga Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

First, I didn’t even know that you could eat a purple carrot. Or a white beet. I may have seen them in the past but I felt like a kid when I saw them again. There are many Farmers’ Markets but one of my favorite is the Saratoga Farmers’ Market which is held in the West Valley College parking lot every Saturday from 9am – 1pm. As you can see above,Β I went a bit crazy a few weeks ago. (Also note my kitchen spring garden!) I have a Nutribullet so generally try to schedule my Saturday mornings, purchasing organic vegetables to make my special V9 drink (I’ll give you the recipe in an upcoming blog, the +1=9 is a secret ingredient which I’ll share).

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for Saratoga and Santa Clara County
I’m amazed at the huge assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables!

What I really like about this Farmers’ Market are the reasonable prices. But even more important, you’re helping the local farmers. I stroll around the entire market once before I hand over the “dough”. See what I like, and then start bagging my goods. Some of the other items you’ll find include roasted chicken (which you’ll smell from the parking lot), fresh fish, eggs, flowers, and some of the best tamales you’ll ever eat. (Being that I’m from New Mexico I feel that I speak with some level of authority) πŸ˜‰ I wanted to post this on Friday so you can hopefully have a chance to check it out. I’m heading there tomorrow so I’ll post more photos in the hopes to tempt you for a visit. Happy Friday!