Wednesday, January 03, 2007

i heart the beach

i'm a beach girl. always have been. always will be. the mountains are okay in my book, but the beach is where it's at.

when i lived in san jose years ago, i discovered half moon bay. i don't even know how really, but it quickly became my most favorite place in all of northern california. when i needed to get away, i drove and spent time there. horseback riding ON the beach- that's where i was at. i loved that place.

living up here has been quite an adjustment. it still is. the weather is the hardest part to get used too, but it's actually been decent lately (knocks on wood). not having the beach around has been really hard. it's not like the coast is far, but it's cold up here- and the coast is even colder. i didn't realize just how difficult not having the beach around me has been until i went to half moon bay on a whim today. i literally cried when i saw the ocean. cried. i was driving, turned to my right- saw the beautiful ocean and the shore and the tears just started falling. i felt parts inside me just come to life. i could barely catch my breath. the beauty of it all just stunned me. i look at the beach and i just feel overjoyed. i want to live there. i want to wake up to that view every single morning. i want to hear those waves crashing every single night. i never feel that way in the mountains. fuck the mountains. i want the beach.

it's so different up here when it comes to the beach. it isn't a way of life, unless you literally live there. in southern california, the beach is a part of everything you do. it's a part of your life. it's a way of life for everyone and anyone, if they want it to be. and it's just not the same up here. granted, it's a hell of a lot colder on the coast here than it is back home- but still. and the beaches are different up here. which is probably why i like half moon bay so much- it's almost the closest thing to home. i miss my southern california beaches. i miss malibu. i miss the lifestyle. i miss going there for lunch and then going home. or watching the sunset and the moonrise over the ocean. i miss taking blake there every other weekend to watch the dolphins play. i just miss the beach. i need the beach. god i just love it.

here are some pics i took with my cell phone today. it was the only camera i had. if any of you have seen "american wedding" you might recognize the first picture. it's the hotel where they got married and stuff towards the end.

the ritz carlton in the background

half moon bay

leaving.  *sighs*

11 comments:

SarahsMama said...

beautiful!

norcalgirl28 said...

When I lived in the South Bay the beach was part of everything everyone did, morning, noon and night. We would cut school and go there, we would take pallets from work and go there on Friday night and have bonfires and we would go there on the weekend. We were always at the beach. Then I moved to Santa Cruz for four years and was in heaven. If I had a bad day, I would walk down to Upper Yacht Harbor and watch the seals play around the boats and the world would be better. I still love going to Dillon or Stinson or Heart's Desire or the other beaches around here. They are not more than a half an hour away. Drew and I will go with you whenever you want. I will go with you when you don't want to talk and just walk or walk and talk. The ocean is my peace. There is no other way to put it, it is the only place where I can truly let everything go.

alison said...

I like being close to the beach too. There's just something about it and communities on the beach seem much more relaxed and easygoing. I love our Moonlight Beach and don't know what I'd do without it.

I've never been to Half Moon Bay but the pictures sure look purty! (I know what you mean about the beaches up there....shit, if the wind is blowing 50 miles an hour and it's freezing cold, it just ain't the same!!)

DDM said...

I love the beach too Ster. We live near the beach, Puget Sound in Washington state. Cold? CHECK! But OH so beautiful. I will always need to be near the beach. Salt water beaches in particular, appeal to me.

Lisa said...

That is SO beautiful. Sigh...

Piece of Work said...

I love the beach, too. But the beach in Nor Cal is not the same--it's too damn cold, all year long. Half Moon Bay is beautiful--I used to drive down and eat at the Flying Fish at least once a month (yum, crabby cheesy bread). YOu are absolutely right: beach is part of life in SoCAl. Not so in Norcal. Norcal to me is city. Citylife is not at all what L.A. is about, even though it's a bigger city than San Francisco. But I did love the city, the vibe of SF, and you don't get that down here.

RWA said...

I love the beach too. It's so peaceful to just sit there and watch the ocean, listening to the waves - especially at dawn or dusk.

theresa said...

I live on Long Island and I rarely get to see the ocean, after reading this, I think I'm going to have to drive by today.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Oh, I love the beach. I know just how you feel about it. It truly is a love affair with a perfect example of the beauty of nature.

Elizabeth said...

Oh man, those photos! I definitely live in the wrong state. It's 25 degrees this morning.

You know what bugged me about 'American Wedding'? That hotel is obviously supposed to be Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan, yet the hotel they used looks NOTHING like it.

spidey said...

I love the beach too, but in Ohio we are not even close to a beach (unless you count Lake Erie-lol). Jason is a fucking fish, and every time we go to a beach I can't drag him out of the ocean!

I would love to live close to a beach--better than living in the mountains--but the cost of living in most beach areas is way high. Plus I would prefer not to leave Ohio. Oh well, the beach will just have to be a special treat for me...