Sunset over Mavericks

Helvetica and I took a road trip to the Del Monte Forest and Carmel Valley stopping along the way to replenish our stock of artichokes. Pezzini Farms in Castroville in the Salinas River Delta on the lip of Monterey Bay grows the yummiest artichokes. We find the smaller ones are among the best. The heavy rain storms that lasted a week on the California coast subsided briefly on our ride north, home to San Francisco, so we opted for the ride on Highway One through Santa Cruz up the San Mateo County coastline to Half Moon Bay.

We often stop at the Princeton Seafood store at Pillar Point Harbor which always has fresh fish and dungeness crab when in season. This trip, we bought some ocean caught Alaskan Salmon then drove out to the Pillar Point radar station where we walked to the beach to view Mavericks.

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Pillar Point is north of Half Moon Bay, California and has several anthropological interests. One is the Princeton Seafood Company that sells the freshest of fish from the fleet in the adjacent harbor. A mile or so west of the seafood shop is a unique aspect of the continental shelf now known as Mavericks where some of the world’s largest surf occurs under the right conditions from swells commencing in the eastern Pacific between January and April.

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