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Contents

{ Coastside Guide Fall/Winter 2011 }

Hot Spots

7

Galleries

45

Dining

11

Hiking and Biking

47

Lodging

23

Equestrian

51

Beaches

27

Schools

57

Landmarks

33

Health & Seniors

59

Activities

37

Religion

61

Calendar of Events

38

Hotline

64

About Us Publisher

Debra Hershon

Editor

Clay Lambert

Design And Production

Bill Murray, Mark Restani

Business Manager

Barbara Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Dinnsen

Circulation

Sonia Myers

Staff Writers

Mark Foyer, Mark Noack, Lily Bixler, Stacy Trevenon

Photographer

Charles Russo

Advertising Sales

Louise Strutner, Marilyn Johnson

Editorial, Production & Advertising Office

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On The Cover: The Driscoll Ranch Rodeo features women’s barrel racing. The La Honda event is held in July. Photo by Charles Russo. Copyright All Editorial And Advertising Contents Are Š2011 By The Half Moon Bay Review. Reproduction Or Use In Any Form In Whole Or Part Without Permission Of The Half Moon Bay Review Is Prohibited.

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Slices of Life

Leviathan bones land at local school Pescadero school to receive whale jawbone |By Mark Noack

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s a cattle rancher, San Gregorio resident Erik Markegard stakes his profession on his ability to move large mammals. Last winter the self-proclaimed cowboy received an odd challenge. Could he and his pickup truck move the remains of the biggest animal on Earth? That animal, a dead blue whale, washed up on the shores of Bean Hollow State Beach in October after a watercraft is believed to have struck it. After science teacher Dan Sudran completed a lengthy permit process, the largest bones of the leviathan were approved to be mounted at Pescadero Elementary School. But Sudran had a problem — how do you carefully haul a 1,500-pound mandible, a jawbone as heavy as Half Moon Bay’s heftiest pumpkin? He was considering hiring a helicopter, but then he decided to call up Markegard. “I haul a lot of heavy stuff, but I’ve never hauled anything like a whale

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“I thought it would be amazing what the kids could learn from a skeleton like that. It dawned on me that if I could figure it out logically and get permits, I could get these bones. — Dan Sudran

bone,” he said. “I went down there to look at it, I told him let’s try to cowboy up. … Let’s try it the old-fashioned way.” That meant tying ropes around the huge bone and getting a team of helpers to move it, inch by inch, from the freezing ocean water. It took hours to coordinate, but the 14-person team was able to lug the bone over to Markegard’s truck and eventually lift it into the bed. “It was pure caveman physics,”

Sudran said. “It was like two and two and two came together. It was perfect.” Sudran teaches in San Francisco through the Mission Science Workshop, a hands-on nonprofit laboratory for students that he founded in 1991. Living in Pescadero, Sudran explained that he has amassed a small collection of bones from his regular hikes in the area, which he uses to teach children about biology. When the dead whale washed ashore near Pescadero — the first since 1979 — Sudran realized bones of the creature would be perfect for local education. “I thought it would be amazing what the kids could learn from a skeleton like that,” Sudran said. “It dawned on me that if I could figure it out logically and get permits, I could get these bones.” It felt appropriate, Sudran said, to have the whale bones that washed up at Pescadero stay in the local community. The remains of sea mammals are tightly restricted under federal and state law, making it a crime to take any part of


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Dan Sudran of Pescadero stands with blue whale bones he collected from the carcass that washed ashore last summer.

a whale that washes ashore. In Northern California, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco typically has first dibs on any sea carcass, and more than a half dozen other agencies usually claim samples, leaving few opportunities for anyone else. But Sudran saw his chance when he noticed that most of the usual science institutions weren’t pouncing on this whale. Most of the other organizations explained they already had plenty of whale bones. So Sudran decided to make a go for it, and he applied for permits through a hodgepodge of agencies. He also brought up the idea to Pescadero Elementary School Principal Pat Talbot. “I told her it’s probably crazy, but this huge whale bone could be in front of your school,” he recalled. Talbot agreed the bones would be a powerful teaching tool because most of the student body was already interested in the huge whale that washed up on their shores. Everyone could smell the rotting

carcass, and many students had visited the beach to see the whale firsthand. “There was a real local connection,” Talbot said. “This wasn’t just a whale bone in a museum. This was one they saw — and certainly smelled — from the beginning.” In the end, the small South Coast school received approval to take the huge mandible — part of which was broken. Sudran took other various bones including ribs and vertebrae and has been donating them to other researchers and educators. The hauling team brought the bones to Sudran’s backyard to let the largest bones dry out before bringing them out to the school, which reduces the weight of the bones considerably. As its largest bone, the mandible of a blue whale is crucial for drawing in huge amounts of seawater and krill to feed the gentle beast. The blue doesn’t have teeth on its jaws, but rather baleen, which are used like a sieve to expel water but retain krill.

Talbot has suggested that the school could develop some teaching curriculum around it. Off the cuff, she proposed students could learn math by calculating the krill a whale would need to eat, or learn writing skills by composing stories about the whale’s journey across the sea. Sudran proposed the jawbone could also make an excellent addition to the school playground — it’s large, sturdy, smooth and easily climbable. Markegard, the cowboy hauler, said he was happy to use his pickup truck to help the kids at Pescadero Elementary. For weeks after making the delivery, Markegard’s clothes and truck still reeked of dead whale. “I’m lucky I’m married, otherwise I’d never get a date.” CG

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Reservations: 650 712-0245 www.samschowderhouse.com Open 7 days a week from lunch through dinner. 4210 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 6 Coastside Guide Fall 2011


Entertainment

Hot Spots Alice’s Restaurant

17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside , 851-0303.Light rock, folk rock, folk, blues and originals, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

Apple Jack’s

8970 La Honda Road, La Honda, 747-0331. Rock, blues, reggae or country music at 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; folk, rock and country from 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society

307-11 Mirada Road, Miramar, 726-4143. Oceanfront Sunday afternoon concerts of jazz, classical or world music, 4:30 p.m., $35.

Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn

1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 726-5705. “British Invasion”-style music 8:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month through October; karaoke 9 p.m. Saturdays; open mike 8 p.m. Thursdays; occasional rock, folk, open mike or family entertainment.

Cetrella

845 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-4090.Jazz and blues from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; occasional special events.

Cafe Classique

107 Sevilla Ave., El Granada, 726-9775. “Songwriters’ Set” 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays; live music 7 a.m. Sundays and occasional weekday mornings.

Café Gibraltar

425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, 560-9039. Classical and flamenco music Wednesdays and Sundays, and jazz on Thursdays, all from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Gazos Grill

5720 Cabrillo Highway, 879-0874. Light rock, folk, blues, jazz, folk rock and originals, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Half Moon Bay Brewing 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton, 728-2739. Blues, jazz, rock, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Company Sundays. It’s Italia

401 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-4444. Spanish guitar, world music, or jazz, 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

MCoffee

522 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-6241. Occasional acoustic music, poetry readings or special events.

Miramar Beach Restaurant

Miramar Beach, Miramar, 726-9053. A solo pianist does jazz, contemporary and piano music from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The Music Box

315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-5125.Contemporary jazz with a soulful upbeat, 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; occasional Latin music 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Old Princeton Landing

460 Capistrano Road, Princeton, 728-7096. Pool tournament 7 p.m. Tuesdays, event shows two or three times a month.

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, 712-7000. “Burgers, Beers & Jazz” 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays in the Conservatory Lounge.

Sam’s Chowder House

4210 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 712-0245. May through October: live music from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays outside on the patio, and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturdays in the bar.

San Benito House

356 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-3425. Occasional live music on weekends.

San Gregorio Store

Stage Road and Highway 84, San Gregorio , 726-0565. Acoustic, folk, rock, Irish, blues, bluegrass, country and originals in late mornings and afternoons Saturdays and Sundays.

The Wine Bar

Harbor Village, 270 Capistrano Road, No. 22, Half Moon Bay, 726-0770. Celtic music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; alternative rock, country, blues 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; a solo musician on bandura (a Ukranian stringed instrument) 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays; jazz-only open mike 7 to 9:30 pm. every second Thursday; acoustic round-robin 7 to 9:30 p.m. every third Sunday; Blue Blanket Improv comedy 8 to 10 p.m. every second Saturday. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 7


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Best burger on the Coast! Devin and Francisco, two Bay Area natives, set out on a journey.... From an early age and growing up in households where meals were a time for laughter and family bonding; daily events were shared, recent gossip was spread, and relationships were made and strengthened. It was at this time, Flavor’s fun and friendly food philosophy was born. Many thanks to our wonderful parents! We believe that reasonably priced “American Comfort Food” is a rapidly disappearing culinary culture in the Bay Area. We decided that we

would not let this culture vanish. Our journey began with our first restaurant endeavor Sally’s After Dark. Providing a fine balance of basic tasty foods and exquisite culinary delights where comfort and creativity collide, we proudly present El Granada with our latest venture. As our parents used to say, “Eat well, Share with friends, and Always finish your veggies!” We invite you to sit back, relax, and Get Your Grub on!

Lunch menu served from 11am to 3:30pm, every day (except Tuesday) LUNCH MENU

Our in house pastry chef, Matt Jung, creates amazing desserts. Be sure to save room when you visit.

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FLAVOR: where creativity and comfort collide Please see flavoronthecoast.com for our inventive dinner menu

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Dining The very best thing about the Coastside — after the mountains, ocean and fresh air — is the huge variety of amazing, top-quality choices in dining. Whether you are picking up a deli sandwich made with fresh, warm bread or eating lobster dipped in melted butter or dining at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, you’ll find it all right here on the coast. coffeehouses Caffino

Coffee, iced drinks and pastries. Drive-through. 198 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 712-7255.

Caffé Mezza Luna

Italian espresso bar, Italian pastries, gelato, breakfast and lunch. Harbor Village, 240 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. 560-0137.

El Granada Hardware

Coffee drinks, ice cream and sandwiches. 85 Avenue Portola, El Granada. 726-5009.

HMB Coffee Company

Soup, salads, sandwiches, desserts, coffees, teas. 20A Stone Pine Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-3664.

La Di Da Café

Espresso drinks, fresh baked goods, bagels, soups, salads and lunches. 500 C Purissima St. at Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. 712-8808.

M Coffee

Baked goods, coffees, desserts, light sandwiches, 522 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6241.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Pastries and sandwiches. 142 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay. 726-1261.

Raman’s Coffee and Chai

Coffee, tea, chai, bakery items, soft drinks. 101 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 726-6292.

Starbucks Gourmet Coffee

Pastries and sandwiches. Strawflower Village, Half Moon Bay. 726-5753.

Bakeries Elegant Cheesecakes

Special order and on-hand cakes. 103-A Harvard Ave., Half Moon Bay. 728-2248.

Half Moon Bay Bakery

Pastries, pies and other baked goods. Sandwiches and foccacia. 514 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4841

Moonside Bakery

Breakfast and lunch; baked goods, espresso, wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches. In La Piazza, 604 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-9070.

Sunshine Donuts

Donuts, muffins, eggrolls. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway, Strawflower Village, Half Moon Bay. 726-1161.

Breakfast/lunch Blue Sky Farms

Espresso drinks, breakfast, sandwiches, bakery items. 3068 N. Cabrillo Hwy. Half Moon Bay. 726-5999.

Café Capistrano

Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. 460 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-7699

Café Classique

American-style breakfast and lunch, fresh baked goods. 107 Sevilla Ave., El Granada. 726-9775.

Main Street Grill

Breakfast and lunch. 547 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-5300.

Sam’s Coffee Shop

Breakfast and lunch. 210 San Mateo Road in Pilarcitos Square, Half Moon Bay. 726-3167.

Three-Zero Café

American-style breakfast and lunch. At Half Moon Bay Airport, 8850 North Cabrillo Highway near Moss Beach. 728-1411.

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Delis Arcangeli Grocery Co.

Country bakery, deli, fine wine, gourmet foods. 287 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0147.

Cunha’s Country Grocery

Deli sandwiches, cold cuts, salads to go. 448 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4071.

La Honda Country Market

Deli, hot food counter. 8875 La Honda Rd., La Honda. 747-9722.

Gherkins Sandwich Shop

Deli restaurant, breakfast and hamburgers. 171 Seventh St., Montara. 728-2211. www.eatgherkins.com.

New Leaf Market

Full-service natural food store. Hot and cold food bar and deli. 150 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay. 726-3110.

Pescadero Country Store

Deli, wood-fired pizza. 251 Stage Rd., Pescadero. 879-0410.

Safeway

Lunchtime deli sandwiches. 70 Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay. 726-1143.

San Benito House

Lunchtime deli sandwiches, salads, soups. 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3425.

Health/juice bars Jamba Juice

Smoothies and juices. 50 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, in Strawflower Village. 560-9049.

Fast food Burger King

Hamburgers and soft drinks for the family. 30 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-1182.

McDonald’s

Family dining. 100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-1222.

Popeye’s Chicken

New Orleans-style fried chicken. 120 San Mateo Road. Half Moon Bay. 726-2904.

Subway

A selection of sandwiches. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway, in Strawflower Village, Half Moon Bay. 712-0330.

Pizza Harbor Pizza

Pizzas, sandwiches. 65 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada. 726-3501.

Odyssey Pizzeria & Café

Serving pizza, Mediterranean & Greek-inspired cuisine. 2350 Carlos St., Moss Beach. 728-5151.

Round Table Pizza

Pizzas, sandwiches for the family. 50 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, in Strawflower Village. 726-5207.

Straw Hat Pizza

Family fare; pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches. 186 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-2758.

Village Pizza

New York style pizza. Harbor Village #44, Princeton-by-the-Sea. 726-7499.

American Alice’s Restaurant

Breakfast and lunch; dinner in summer. 17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. 851-0303.

Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn

Award-winning burgers, fish and chips, and clam chowder. Family-style pub. 1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-5705.

Casey’s Café

Soups, salads, seafood, entrées, vegetarian dishes and desserts. Open daily. Orders available “to go.” 328 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 560-4880.

Duarte’s Tavern

Family-style dining, mostly seafood. Award-winning pies. 202 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0464.

Flavor

Specializing in American Comfort Food. Lunch and dinner. 10151 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay. 726-8000.

Gazos Grill

Oceanview dining Wednesday – Sunday. Breakfast served all day, lunch, dinner. 5720 Cabrillo Hwy., Pescadero (at Gazos Creek). 879-0874.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Oceanfront restaurant and brew pub with California coastal cuisine and excellent microbrewed beers. 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-2739.

HMB Sports Bar & Grill

Pizzas, Burgers, Sports Bar. Open Daily. Live Music. 40 Stone Pine Rd., Suite K, Half Moon Bay, 726-6600 Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 13


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Miramar Beach Restaurant

Scenic oceanfront location serving fresh seafood, steaks, spirits. Corner of Magellan Avenue and the ocean, three miles north of Half Moon Bay. 726-9053.

Moss Beach Distillery

Prime steaks and chops, seafood. Beach Way and Ocean Boulevard, Moss Beach. 728-5595.

Mountain House

American cuisine. Dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 13808 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. 851-8541.

Mullins Bar & Grill

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in fresh Coastal cuisine. Located at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Two Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-6384.

Ocean View Restaurant

Casual American Food seven days a week. 400 Main Street, Montara 728.5672

Oceano Bar & Grill

Pre-dinner cocktails, and a sampling of light coastal fare from a unique menu. Oceano Hotel, 280 Capistrano Rd.., Half Moon Bay. 726-5400.

San Benito House

Burgers and bar food. 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3425.

Silver Star Grill

Great food for the price of a drink. Tuesday thru Saturday 3 pm – 2 am. 460 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 714-2696.

Fine dining Bella Vista

A fine restaurant serving French, Italian, continental cuisine. 13451 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. 851-1229.

Cascade Bar & Grill

Coastal cuisine, local wines, seafood and organic produce. 2001 Rossi Road at Hwy. 1, Pescadero (at Costanoa). 879-1100, www.costanoa.com.

Cetrella

European bistro and café, Mediterranean coastal cuisine. Live jazz Thursday through Saturday. 845 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4090.

La Costanera

Contemporary Peruvian cuisine, seafood, tapas. 8150 Cabrillo Hwy., Montara 728-1600.

Navio

Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant serving fine coastal cuisine with unsurpassed views of the Pacific Ocean. 1 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay. 712-7000.

Seafood Barbara’s Fishtrap

Delicious seafood, beer and wine. 281 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-7049.

Crab Landing

Seafood, steaks, full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. Ocean and harbor views. 260 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay. 712-1288.

Flying Fish Grill

Variety of seafoods, fish tacos, soups, seafood cioppino and salads. 211 San Mateo Road and Highway 92, Half Moon Bay. 712-1125.

Ketch Joanne and the Harbor Bar

Breakfast, lunch, dinner; seafood, pasta and steak. 17 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor. 728-3747.

Princeton Seafood Company

Seafood, salmon, steak, ribs, burgers. Take out available. Fresh fish for sale. #9 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor. 726-2722.

Sam’s Chowder House

Authentic New England-style seafood restaurant open for lunch and dinner daily. Oceanfront dining with outdoor seating. 4210 North Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay. 712-0245.

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Mexican El Gran Amigo

Mexican food, tacos and more. 2448 Cabrillo Highway at Virginia, Moss Beach. 728-3815.

Happy Taco

Mexican takeout. 184 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-5480.

Spanishtown

Mexican-style family dining. 515 Church St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7357.

Taqueria De Amigos

Mexican food to go or eat in. 1999 Pescadero Creek Rd., Pescadero. 879-1232.

Taqueria La Mexicana

Mexican takeout. 250 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-1746.

Tres Amigos

Mexican food to go or eat in. 200 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-6080.

Asian The Bangkok House

Delicious Thai cuisine. 20 Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay. 726-5247.

Asian King’s Kitchen

Chinese food. Eat in or take out. 3048 Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay. 560-9898.

China House

Chinese food. Eat in or take out. Deliveries. 20 Stonepine Rd., Half Moon Bay. 712-3816

China Kitchen

Chinese take-out. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway in Strawflower Village, Half Moon Bay. 712-8511.

Gin Wan

Chinese food. Eat in or take out. 2810 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-6028.

Shiki Sushi

Sushi, lunch and dinner. 20E Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay. 712-8886.

Sushi Main Street

Sushi, lunch and dinner, sake bar. 696 Mill St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6336.

Sushi Main Street Sake Bar

Sushi. Specialty sakes. 400 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-2775.

White Elephant

Thai cuisine. Lunch and dinner. 50 N. Cabrillo Hwy. Suite B2-B3. 726-6610.

Italian Half Moon Bay Joe’s

Italian-American cuisine, San Francisco style. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2380 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 560-9260.

It’s Italia

Pizza, seafood and grill, pasta, salads, panini, fine wines and micro brews. Lunch and dinner. 401 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4444.

Mezza Luna

Fine Italian cuisine, full bar. 459 Prospect Way, Princeton. 728-8108.

Pasta Moon

Gourmet Italian dining, fine wines and a full bar. 315 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-5125.

Tortellini Originali

Gourmet pasta, pastries and European specialties. 225 Cabrillo Highway. 650-712-1408

French/mediterranean Café Cuesta

American/French fare. Crepes and pastries. Open Tuesday – Sunday. 8865 La Honda Road, La Honda. 747-9220.

Café Gibraltar

Mediterranean cuisine. Dinner from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Menu changes weekly. 425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada. 560-9039.

Chez Shea

Eclectic organic eatery. Open daily except Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 to 8:30 p.m. 408 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 560-9234.

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Baskin Robbins Ice cream

Ice cream, cakes. 44 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-5006.

BrazzleBerry

Make your own frozen yogurt. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway, Strawflower Village, Half Moon Bay. 712-1222.

Nano’s Yogurt Shack

Frozen yogurt. 523 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 726-2182. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 17


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Slices of Life

A truly close-knit couple, Beth and Luke Kilpatrick have been living for more than four years in a small trailer as they journey to various destinations across the U.S.

Beth and Luke have become proficient surfers during their stay in the area.

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eet Luke and Beth Kilpatrick. He’s a webprogramming maestro who has seen his salary rise as he has climbed the tech industry career ladder. She’s an up-andcoming electrical engineer specializing in solar technology. With no kids, good jobs and plenty of disposable income, these two promising 20-somethings could live pretty much anywhere they desired in

the Bay Area. They could move into a house, but the Kilpatricks say they’re too happy where they are now … in a narrow trailer on the south side of Half Moon Bay. Tired of lugging around a lifetime of possessions as they chased their careers, Luke and Beth made the call four years ago to take their life permanently on the road. Wedged in a home about 8 feet wide, the Kilpatricks say they’re running a household that’s cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and one that

lets them easily go anywhere, anytime. “We’ve always been minimalist, and we were never really into the whole American dream of having as much stuff as possible,” Luke explained. Plus the couple was simply sick and tired of constantly packing up and moving. Parked at Pelican Point off Miramontes Point Road, the Kilpatrick motor home still has all the trappings of a well-inhabited piece of local real estate, surrounded outside by a line of Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 19


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Slices of Life potted plants, a drying wetsuit and a collection of surfboards. Costing about $800 a month, the RV lifestyle is a bargain by Half Moon Bay prices for a beachfront plot. Getting started with their first trailer cost them about $14,000. Although they’re living at a campground, they’re hardly roughing it. When they need to work online, the Kilpatricks log their computers on to the campground wireless network. To relax, they take a short trip to surf at the beach. And when they’re hungry, they waltz over to the Half Moon Bay RitzCarlton for a snack. And they’re not alone. Approximately 10 percent of RV and trailer owners choose to permanently reside in their mobile homes — and usually not for financial reasons — according to the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “It’s very much part of a larger trend,” said Debbie Sipe, California ARVC executive director. “People love the lifestyle, being able to roam the country and do whatever they want to do.” But living on wheels hasn’t always been easy for the Kilpatricks. The couple first tried trailer living in 2006 when they were crisscrossing the Midwest for work and college. The biggest sacrifice obviously was space, so they had to divvy up their possessions, give away most of them, throw some in storage and keep only the necessities. Beth had to abandon her beloved book collection. A pleasant solution to the problem: She recently picked up a Kindle book tablet. (“Best Valentine’s Day gift ever,” she says.) The first winter spent in the trailer was particularly traumatizing. Living in Wisconsin during one of the coldest seasons on record, the pair was just learning the ropes of their new trailer when they had to deal with daily temperatures dropping to 20 degrees

Living in their trusty trailer, the Kilpatricks have weathered subzero temperatures and sweaty summers. Looking for more space, the couple purchased a new trailer, pictured above, with a bit more room to stretch out.

below zero. That meant their water intake pipe and their septic tanks all froze solid, and they were burning through propane to stay warm. “It was bounce weather,” said Luke. “That means when you spit, the drop is frozen before it hits the ground.” The nozzle of the water intake pipe ruptured at one point, sending a geyser of water into the air, and it would all immediately freeze. They managed to repair the leak by forcing the pipe head back into place, but the job meant getting drenched in the icy cold. Despite that rough start, the Kilpatricks stuck by their trailer home, although a warmer climate became more attractive. Coincidentally, that June, Luke was heading out west to California for a software conference, and Beth decided to tag along after an internship offer fell through. They decided to make a vacation out of it, driving west to the coast. “We stayed at some really beautiful campgrounds … and a Walmart parking lot.” Beth said. “You know all those song lines, ‘amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties’? … It really was like that when you’re traveling.” That vacation soon turned into a

permanent stay in California. The couple hopscotched across various sites around the Bay Area before settling in Half Moon Bay in 2008. For two people accustomed to a transient lifestyle, the Kilpatricks say they’re happily settled in on the Coastside. They’ve gained a circle of friends, surf the local beaches regularly and say they have no plan to pack up and leave anytime soon. “We love it here,” Luke said. “We’re farm kids, and this feels like home to us.” A professional technophile, Luke is proud that his trailer would allow them to pack up and leave in case of anything, including a tsunami, earthquake or mudslide. Over time, they’ve made slight alterations to their mobile home, installing a larger kitchen table, reconfiguring the computer setup, trying to make more workspace. They eventually purchased a larger trailer that gave them about a third more space — and a bathroom much larger than their previous closet-sized one. The Kilpatricks say they have no regrets, save one: a bathtub for an occasional hot soak would be heavenly. CG Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 21


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LODGING

Lodging Planning a romantic getaway by the sea? Or the relatives don’t have enough spare rooms for everyone? The Coastside’s convenient motels, hotels and beautifully decorated bed-and-breakfasts can meet any lodging need. Memorable views are as close as the windows of the Coastside’s wide variety of hotels.

The Beach House Inn

4100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 712-0220. beach-house.com

Costanoa

2001 Rossi Rd. at Highway 1, Pescadero (650) 879-1100 or toll free at (877) 262-7848. costanoa.com

Cameron’s Inn

1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-5705. cameronsinn.com

Cypress Inn

407 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-6076 or (800) 83BEACH. cypressinn.com

Goose and Turrets Bed-and-Breakfast

835 George St., Montara. 728-5451. Goose.montara.com

Half Moon Bay Inn

401 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-1177. halfmoonbayinn.com

The Inn at Mavericks

346 Princeton Ave., Princeton.728-1572. www.innatmavericks.com

Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn

211 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-6642. landisshores.com

Mill Rose Inn

615 Mill St. in Half Moon Bay. 726-8750. millroseinn.com

Oceano Hotel and Spa

280 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-5400 or (888) OCEANO1. oceanohalfmoonbay.com

Ocean View Inn

1410 Main St., Montara. 728-8200. oceanviewinnhmb.com

The Old Thyme Inn

779 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. 726-1616 or 800-720-4277. oldthymeinn.com

The Pacific Victorian Bed-and-Breakfast

325 Alameda Ave., Half Moon Bay. 712-3900. pacificvictorian.com

Pescadero Creek Bed & Breakfast

393 Stage Road, Pescadero. (888) 307-1898. www.pescadercreekinn.com

Pillar Point Inn

380 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-7377 or (800) 400-8281. pillarpointinn.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay. 712-7000. www.ritzcarlton.com

San Benito House

356 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3425. www.sanbenitohouse.com

The Seal Cove Inn

221 Cypress Ave., Moss Beach. 728-4114. www.sealcoveinn.com

The Zaballa House

324 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-9123. www.zaballahouse.net

Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

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Half Moon Bay Lodge

2400 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-9000 or (800) 710-0778. www.halfmoonbaylodge.com

Coastside Inn at Half Moon Bay

230 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-3400. www.hiexpress.com/halfmoonbay

America’s Best Value Inn

3020 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-9700. www.americasbestvalueinn.com

Comfort Inn and Conference Center

2930 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 712-1999. www.comfortinn.com

Harbor View Inn

51 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada. 726-2329 or (800) 886-6997. www.harborviewinn.net

Estancia del Mar

460 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero. 879-1500. www.estanciadelmar.com

Plum Tree Court

642 Johnston St., Half Moon Bay 712-0104. www.vacationrentals.com

The Coronado Apartments

379 Coronado Ave., El Granada. 712-9000. www.coronadoapartments.com

Pigeon Point Lighthouse American Youth Hostel

210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero. 879-0633. www.norcalhostels.org/ pigeon

Tent and RV sites Pillar Point RV Park

4100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 712-9277.

Half Moon Bay Campgrounds

95 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. 726-8820. www.parks.ca.gov or 800-444-7275.

San Mateo County Memorial Park Family Camping

9500 Pescadero Road, Pescadero. 879-0212.

Half Moon Bay RV Park and Campground

“A Bird in Paradise”, 1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 726-5705

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Beaches

Beaches No trip to the Coastside is complete without a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean from one of the many beaches in the area. They range from the wild and craggy to deserted stretches of sand, perfect for a romantic stroll. There is something for the whole family. Don’t miss the well-known tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or the lighthouses that mark the region’s northern and southern boundaries. You’ll see surfers, whales and other marine life, depending on the time of the year. And you are virtually guaranteed a good time. See the map in the center of the Coastside Guide for locations. Beaches are listed from north to south. Photographs courtesy CaliforniaCoastline.org, a non-profit organization maintaining a visual database of the entire coast of California.

Gray Whale Cove An unofficial clothing-optional spot (at the north end), there is parking across the street. Don’t leave valuables in the car — thefts are reported often. Just south of tunnel construction on Devil’s Slide. Restrooms on steep trail to beach.

Montara State Beach Very popular when the weather is good, empty if not. Great for hiking and beachcombing, but be careful of the steep drop at the surf. Dangerous swimming. Inconsistent surf, but it can be the best wave on the Coastside if the conditions are right. Restrooms in south parking area.

Montara Lighthouse Beach A small beach accessed through the Montara hostel/ lighthouse station. Historic fog signal dates back to 1875. Secluded and scenic, but not accessible if gate is closed at lighthouse. No facilities.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve When the ocean rolls back the tides, another world is revealed in pools that attract the curious from all over the Bay Area. Look but don’t touch! Restrooms and visitor center in small parking lot.

Seal Cove Secluded beach underneath the Moss Beach Distillery. Can be a great swimming beach, especially at low tide. Reef blocks large waves creating a relatively calm lagoon. Can be lots of seaweed. Beautiful trail on bluff

Ross’s Cove This is the hidden half-moon just north of the famous Mavericks break. It can be tricky getting to the beach, but worth the effort. A long paddle out through rocky outcroppings limits the number of surfers, but the wave here can at times be clean and very large. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 27


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Beaches

Mavericks Trail from harbor leads past calm beaches popular with dog walkers and kayakers. Beach past breakwater is popular with seaglass hunters. High tide can cover beach with surf and seaweed. Mavericks surfers paddle out from this beach.

Surfer’s Beach This is the most popular surf spot on the San Mateo County coast and usually the most crowded beach when the weather is good. At high tide, beach can disappear completely. Erosion has removed much of the golden sand that can be found at other spots.

Miramar Beach Accessed by a short staircase near the Miramar Beach Restaurant. Limited parking but can be a nice spot when Surfer’s Beach gets crowded. Beach disappears at high tide and for much of the winter. Uncrowded but inconsistent surf.

Alcatraz South of the bridge at Miramar. Access is best from Mirada Road, down the Coastal Trail. Old stairs are washed out. Shifting sand bars can sometimes create good surf. Careful though: at low tide, pillars from old pier can be exposed.

Roosevelt Beach The northern end of four miles collectively known as “Half Moon Bay State Beach.” Access at Young Avenue. Turn right at kiosk and travel slowly down access road. Large parking lot and pit toilets. Uncrowded most of the year.

Dunes Beach Pretty, quiet beach with paid parking available. You may see surfers or just those who love a long walk on the beach. Access at Young Avenue, straight through the kiosk. Flush toilets. Trail down to beach. Good spot to park and explore Coastal Trail.

Venice Beach The end of Venice Boulevard opens into a beach operated by the state. Multiple, large parking areas. Flush toilets. Stairs to beach at northern lot, but you may need to ford creek to get to the sand. Remember: gates close at sunset.

Francis State Beach Perhaps the busiest of Coastside beaches, there is ample paid parking and access to the Coastal Trail. At the end of Kelly Avenue. Popular for surfing and picnics. Large camping area for RVs, cars, and cyclists. Ranger station and visitor center.

Poplar Beach Wide and often uncrowded beach south of downtown Half Moon Bay. Metered parking. Steep, dirt trail leads down to wide open beach. Great spot to access Coastal Trail. Popular beach for equestrians to ride along.

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Beaches

Redondo Beach Sweeping views from the bluffs but a difficult scramble down eroded cliffs to the beach. Seldom visited but good way to access the Ritz-Carlton segment of Coastal Trail to the south.

Ocean Colony Beach You don’t need to stay at the Ritz-Carlton to utilize this beach. Park just before entering resort property on Miramontes Point Road. Beach is tucked under the golf course. Stairs down to beach.

Cowell Ranch Located south of Half Moon Bay, Cowell begins with a half-mile trail to the point and then 150 stairs to a well-protected sandy beach. Restroom at lot and at beach. Permanent view scope on bluff. Access point for Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail.

Tunitas Creek Beach Wide, wild beach with dramatic cliff views to the north. Few visitors — perhaps because of the difficult, very steep trail down from Highway 1. Best to enjoy from above. Reputation for being ‘sharky.’

San Gregorio State Beach There is enough driftwood to build a vacation home on this mile-long sandy beach at the mouth of the San Gregorio Creek. Restrooms and picnic area. At the intersection of Highway 84 and 1.

Pomponio State Beach Plenty of parking and picnic tables make this South Coast beach a perfect place for a barbecue with family. This day-use facility features a small lagoon and roaring surf.

Pescadero State Beach Rocky coves and tidepools. Popular with fishermen. Across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. Several parking areas.

Bean Hollow State Beach Beautiful horseshoe shaped cove with plenty of tidepools to the north. Look for the self-guided nature trail — and keep your eyes open for sea urchins, crab and other marine life. Small, powerful waves can break right onshore.

Gazos Creek Beach Abundant tidepools dot a beach that is now part of the Año Nuevo State Reserve. The reserve also includes Cascade Ranch. Parking is across from the Gazos Grill restaurant.

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Landmarks Grab your camera and get ready to snap pictures of the San Mateo County Coastside that you can bring home and enjoy for years to come. Drive or walk by some of the more than 100-year-old buildings, or even take the time to go in. A visit to Cunha’s Country Store, which burned down in recent years and had to be rebuilt, is like stepping into the past.

Año Nuevo State Reserve

Home and breeding ground to elephant seals. Docent-accompanied walks bring visitors within 25 feet of the seals. About 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1. First come, first served for guided walks. (650) 879-2025. Open 8:30 a.m. to sunset.

Community United Methodist Church

Built in 1872, with stained-glass windows that reflect Coastside themes. Miramontes and Johnston Streets, Half Moon Bay. 726-4621.

Cunha’s Country Grocery

Built in 1900. Once a speak-easy, it retains its history as a country grocery and housewares store. Main Street and Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. 726-4071.

Greek Revival Building

Built in 1904, it went from the Bank of Half Moon Bay to the Bank of Italy and now City Hall. Corner of Main Street and Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay Jail

Restored to house the Spanishtown Historical Society museum, it’s a trip back in time, with a tiny jail cell and lots of old photos. 505 Johnston St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7084.

The I.D.E.S. Hall

The Irmandade do Divino Espirito Santo Society, built in 1895. 735 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-2729

Mosconi Hotel

Built in 1905. Now houses the San Benito House deli and bed-and-breakfast. 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay.

James Johnston House

The White House of Half Moon Bay, built by Scottish immigrant Johnston in 1853. On Higgins Purisima Road just south of downtown Half Moon Bay, visible from Highway 1.

Miramar Beach Restaurant

Originally a Prohibition-era roadhouse, speak-easy and house of ill repute. Built-in nooks housed illegal whiskey. Magellan Avenue and Mirada Road, Miramar. 726-9053.

Moss Beach Distillery

Built in 1928 as a road house; home to the spectral Blue Lady, who, legend has it, haunts the restaurant. Beach Way and Ocean Boulevard, Moss Beach. 728-5595.

Pescadero Community Church

Built in 1867 and still standing. 363 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0408.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse was built in 1872 and is one of the West Coast’s tallest. About 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1. 879-2025.

San Gregorio Store

Built in the 1930s and a haven for residents, live music, an amazing selection of books and household items. Highway 84 and Stage Road. San Gregorio. 726-0565.

(Estanislao) Zaballa House

Built in 1863 by Zaballa after his marriage into the family of one of Half Moon Bay’s original land grant holders. 326 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-9123.

James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

A living museum of tide pools full of marine plant and animal life. Open morning to dusk. Moss Beach. 728-3584. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 33


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ACTIVITIES

Activities The Coastside’s a great place to play. With the ocean to the west, the hills and mountains to the east, and two great golf courses to the south, there are numerous opportunities to get out and play. At Surfer’s Beach, located just south of Pillar Point Harbor, waves range from a few inches to several feet for surfing. The beach is also a popular spot for ocean kayaking, boogieboarding, windsurfing and even surf lessons. Along the beach, the paved Coastal Trail stretches some 4.2 miles from the end of Poplar Street in Half Moon Bay to near Pillar Point Harbor and is open to walkers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters. Horseback riding along side this trail is an option as well. Half Moon Bay Golf Links comprises two world-class 18-hole courses. Oceanview Driving Range is open to the public and located near the beach on Kelly Avenue. The James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach is a living museum of sea stars, anemone, algae and other marine life in acres of tide pools. The Half Moon Bay Department of Parks and Recreation is a great resource for classes for kids, youth and adults. Programs include music, art, cooking, sports clinics and camps, tap and ballet dancing and more.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

2 Miramontes Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-1800. www.halfmoonbaygolf.com

Oceanview Driving Range

201 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. 726-1155.

Sea Horse/Friendly Acres Ranch

1828 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-2362. www.horserentals.com

James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Moss Beach. 728-3584. www.fitzgeraldreserve.org

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

214 Princeton Ave., Princeton. 728-2120. www.hmbyc.org

Coastal Lifestyles Health & Fitness Center

371 Princeton Ave., Princeton. 728-1031. www.coastallifestyles.org

Fit Fitness Studio

50 N. Cabrillo Hwy., Strawflower Village, Half Moon Bay 726-4040. www.fithmb.com

Snap Fitness

20 Stone Pine Rd., Half Moon Bay. 726-4600. www.snapfitness.com.

Bike Works

520 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. 726-6708 www.bikeworkshmb.com.

California Canoe & Kayak

214 Princeton Ave., Princeton. 1-800-366-9804 www.calkayak.com

Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.

2 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay. 773-6101. www.hmbkayak.com

Costanoa Eco-Adventure Resort

2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero. 879-1100. www.costanoa.com

Open Ocean Surfing

Half Moon Bay. 726-8686. www.openoceansurfing.com

Studio 4 Pilates

213 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-7200. www.studio4pilates.com

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CALENDAR

Events Calendar ONGOING EVENTS First Thursday of each month

Cool Harbor Nights, a Coastal Car and Motorcycle Show, brings people to Pillar Point Harbor to enjoy cool rods and fancy motorcycles owned by Coastsiders, from 4 p.m. until dusk. Mary Botham, 726-2722.

Every Saturday

The Coastside Farmers Market, through December, presents fresh produce grown in San Mateo County and beyond, with live entertainment, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shoreline Station, Highway 1, in Half Moon Bay. 726-4895.

Second Saturday of each month

Blue Blanket Improvisation troupe holds regular shows, built on audience participation, at 8 p.m. the Wine Bar at Harbor Village. 560-0108.

Third Saturday of each month

Docent-led tours through September, of the historic James Johnston House at 110 Higgins Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. Weekday tours are available by reservation. 726-0329.

Seven days a week

The Año Nuevo State Reserve welcomes visitors to see the elephant seals, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the reserve, 35 miles south of Half Moon Bay. No reservations are required to visit the reserve through November. The reserve is closed Dec. 1 to Dec. 14. Guided tours, by reservation and at $7 per person, are available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 through March 30. Make reservations at Reserve America, (800) 444-4445 or anonuevo.reserveamerica.com. 879-2025.

september 3-5

The 48th annual Kings Mountain Art Fair, ongoing since 1963, presents high-quality art and fine crafts supporting the mountain’s fire protection and elementary school, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. over all three Labor Day Weekend days at the Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd. on the mountain. Breakfast and lunch available, kids’ art activities, no pets please. Free. 851-2710; www.kingsmountainartfair.org.

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“Taste of the Coast” brings together a no-host bar and at least 30 local restaurants with specialties for sampling to benefit Senior Coastsiders, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sea Crest School gymnasium (901 Arnold Way, Half Moon Bay.) A raffle and silent auction are also planned. Admission is $50 until Sept. 15; $60 after Sept. 15 and at the door; $30/seniors. 726-9056.

october 10

The 38th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off begins at 7 a.m. on the I.D.E.S. grounds at 735 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. Growers throughout the west vie for $20,000 in prize money to beat the 1,535-pound 2010 champion, and there’s a bonus $5,000 prize for the winner who breaks the world record for the heaviest pumpkin.726-9652; www.miramarevents.com.

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The 41st annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along and around Main Street, Half Moon Bay, with crafts, all kinds of pumpkin foods, live entertainment for youth and adults on three stages plus street performers, kids’ activities, Halloween ambience, pumpkin pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving, the haunted house and Take Five sports lounge, the Great Pumpkin parade and Pumpkin Run, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Diego, and a Comcast production team doing a one-hour Pumpkin Festival show to be available on Comcast On Demand. No pets, please. Free. 726-9652; www.miramarevents.com.

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The “Pumpkin Run,” beginning at 8 a.m., includes a 5K and 10K run, 5K walk and Kids’ Fun Run, beginning and ending at Hatch Elementary School, to benefit Senior Coastsiders. Pre-registration is $25 until Oct. 12; $30 after that, and day of event; $15/seniors and children. 712-7322.

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The La Honda Fire Brigade presents its annual Pancake Breakfast featuring buttermilk pancakes, Captain Cathy’s pumpkin pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee from 8 a.m. to noon at the fire station at 8945 La Honda Road. 747-0381.

november 13

The Trio Cabrillo will perform a concert of chamber music to raise funds for the Coastside Community Orchestra’s scholarship fund, at 3 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church at 777 Miramontes St. in Half Moon Bay. (650) 245-9845.

19-20

The Colony of Coastside Artists will have an “Open Studio” event featuring about two dozen Coastside artists from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps will be set out in local shops and hotels. patt.matt@comcast.net

december 2

Night of Light, with carriage rides, shops open late, holiday ambience, street performers, hot apple cider, Santa Claus, food, kids’ activities, a parade and tree lighting, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Half Moon Bay. 726-8380.

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The Pescadero Christmas Tree Lighting takes place at 7 p.m. outside the Pescadero Post Office at Stage and Pescadero roads in Pescadero. 879-0848.

2-4

Stage Road Winter Faire begins with the tree-lighting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pescadero post office and continues with offering handmade gifts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the I.D.E.S. Hall at the south end of Stage Road in Pescadero. Mary Logsdon, 879-9018.

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The La Honda Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair presents gifts by South Coast artisans, to benefit the La Honda Fire Brigade, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Honda Fire Station at 8945 La Honda Road. 747.0381.

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Pillar Point Harbor will hold its annual Boat Lighting contest and ceremony spotlighting the holiday decorations on the harbor’s commercial and residential craft, starting at 6:30 p.m. 726-4382.

january 6-8

The 20th annual Coastside Talent Show spotlights community members performing in song, dance, music, comedy or a variety of other talents, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater at 1167 Main St. Half Moon Bay. 569-3266.

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The Coastside Community Orchestra will perform a concert of Russian music at 7 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church at 777 Miramontes St. In Half Moon Bay. Tickets $10/adults, $7/seniors and free for children. Anne Pearlman, (650) 245-9845.

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The third annual CEF Starlight Soiree will benefit public schools on the Coastside from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Harbor Village Galleria. There will be food, wine and beer from local restaurants and wineries, plus a silent auction and live music. www.ceffund.org or melissa.rey@ceffund.org.

february 1-14

The South Coast’s Arte Motu artists’ collective will present “Corazones,” a fest of Valentine’s-Day-related plywood hearts set up around the community. 879-0795.

march 30

Farm Day, celebrating the Coastside’s farmers and growers with a luncheon and awards, will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the I.D.E.S. Hall at 735 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. Tickets are $25/advance and $30 at the door. 726-8380. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 39


Slices of Life

Pam McReynolds studies the history of her family at Williams Ranch in La Honda.

La Hondan traces life – and death – in town Locals discuss Frontier Era on Coastside|By Mark Noack

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olks living out in San Mateo County hillsides a century ago had to have real mettle flowing in their blood. Take Armand Zanone, for instance. The lifelong La Hondan, missing his right arm to the elbow, used to wow passersby as he nimbly rolled cigarettes one-handed while loitering out on the town’s main strip. The story behind his stump was even more incredible, according to his daughter, Kathy Zanone Wolf. As a young man working on the family ranch, he accidentally got his limb 40 Coastside Guide Fall 2011

caught in a wheat thrasher in 1918, and he had to pull himself together to find help. He eventually made the hours-long journey over Old La Honda Road in a horse-drawn carriage to a bayside hospital. “And afterward he didn’t get depressed or anything,” his daughter said. “It was just a hard life, and you couldn’t let things like that get you down.” The rugged lives — and often tragic deaths — of frontier La Hondans were the loose topics of last week’s monthly meeting of the town historical society. Speaking to a group of about 35 mostly silver-haired


Slices of Life

McReynolds’ family has lived on the land for four generations.

townsfolk, local resident and amateur genealogist Pam McReynolds related her study of the leading causes of death for the town’s predecessors. The top four causes included unspecified “accidents,” diphtheria, alcohol and suicide, according to the San Mateo County death records spanning from 1865 to 1920. Those numbers might seem startling, except that the La Honda area was so sparsely populated at the time. McReynolds said the county’s census records didn’t even recognize La Honda. During the 55-year period she studied, large numbers of settlers from across the world were drawn to San Mateo County, enticed by the prospects of unclaimed land for timber and farming. The population of the county grew tenfold over that time, increasing from about 3,200 to more than 36,000. Many of the death records that

McReynolds studied had been filed by the county’s longtime mortician and coroner — a curious Irishman named James Crow. He himself lasted a long 72 years and outlived three of his children. The death records put together by Crow and other officials gave curt descriptions of the deceased, their cause of death and sometimes a surprisingly snarky opinion. McReynolds read one such entry: “He died through his own impotence in trying to cross a moving train.” Many of the causes of death Crow identified at the time aren’t familiar to folks today, including Bright’s disease, Le Grippe, and “absinthism.” One county resident apparently died during the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but the official records offer no insight into how this happened. The illnesses were frequently paired with the names of small towns that no longer exist.

McReynolds said one thing that boggled her was where exactly La Honda residents came to be buried — the town has no historic graveyard for that period. Perhaps, she suggested, residents at the time just buried their dead on their land. Her family has owned a 140acre ranch in La Honda for generations where some of her family’s remains are buried. She was initially drawn to investigate the county death records as she was trying to find out more about her family history. “I saw they were looking for volunteers to do genealogical work,” McReynolds said. “I just didn’t realize it would take me three years to do it.” CG

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Galleries The Coastside is an artist’s Mecca, alive with painters, sculptors, fiber artists, jewelry makers, mixed-media wizards and much more. There are a number of inviting galleries that proudly showcase their own work, as well as the work of other fine artists. Many restaurants and other businesses join the galleries in displaying artworks. For beginning artists, or experienced ones looking to brush up their technique, some of the Coastside’s professional artists and galleries offer classes and workshops. Art Attic

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Hiking and biking The Coastside’s scenic beauty has a funny way of grounding people while simultaneously elevating them to new heights. Many of us have chosen life on the coast because we are drawn magnetically to the pristine beauty that surrounds us. The rolling surf bleeds into the beach; the sand meets a barrier of bluffs that protect the community from the sea. A short distance from the shore, gentle slopes grow into grassy foothills, eventually rising to mountainous peaks — all within walking, biking or riding distance. Spring and summer are the ideal seasons to explore this region. What follows should not be mistaken for an all-inclusive list of Coastside retreats. It focuses on day hikes for those traveling on foot, but includes great ideas for cyclists, equestrians and overnight campers. MIXED-USE PATHWAYS The Coastal Trail

One of the Coastside’s premier projects, this beautiful trail officially starts at Coronado Street in El Granada on the undeveloped land called Mirada Surf West, just south of the jetty at Pillar Point Harbor. It wends through Miramar and Half Moon Bay, stretching two or three miles south of Kelly Avenue. Informal pieces of the trail run through Moss Beach, Princeton and the harbor as well. Very popular with locals, the Coastal Trail is open to those traveling by foot, bicycle or (at least in parts) by horse. Expect traffic, as this trail is usually busy. A new addition running between Cowell Ranch and Verde Road is now open to hikers and bikers.

McNee Ranch State Park

Jaunting through the 700-acre McNee Ranch State Park, it’s plain to see why the park is one of the Coastside’s top hiking destinations. Situated near Montara Mountain, the land provides breathtaking ocean and hillside views for reasonable effort. Take the San Pedro Mountain Road north across the park for a 6.4-mile round trip hike. This route was the one used before it was replaced by Devil’s Slide. For a steep climb, start from Highway 1 and take the North Peak Access Road. The round trip is 7.6 miles. If you’re in the mood for a shorter trek, try the path to Gray Whale Cove, two miles round trip. To get to McNee Ranch State Park, take Highway 1 north from Half Moon Bay. Just north of Montara State Beach you’ll find an entrance and plenty of parking. Open to hikers, equestrians and cyclists.

San Pedro Valley County Park

Like McNee Ranch, this 1,150-acre park in Pacifica offers incredible ocean vistas at the top of the mountain. A network of short trails, including the easy, 400-foot Plaskon Nature Trail and the 0.6-mile Brooks Falls Overlook Trail, make the park an ideal outing for families. If you’d like to hike a little farther, try the 2.1-mile each way Montara Mountain Trail, or the Hazelnut Trail, 3.7 miles one way. Most of the park is wheelchair accessible, and there is one bicycle trail (Weiler Ranch Road), plus several equestrian trails. To get there, take Highway 1 from the south end of Pacifica and turn east on Linda Mar Boulevard to the park entrance.

Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

This lovely short trail is actually an old farm road. It follows Mills Creek and will lead you by a historic ranch and barn. Two miles round trip to the barn, four miles round trip to the water tanks. Trails for equestrians, hikers and cyclists: From the intersections of highways 1 and 92, go south on Highway 1 for 1.2 miles to Higgins Purisima Road. Turn east and go 1.7 miles to the park entrance, where you’ll find parking.

Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve

Edgewood is a San Mateo County park adjacent to Pulgas Ridge and contains 467 acres of land. There are more than seven miles of trail within the park and several loops. However, dogs and pets are not allowed, and there are restrictions on bicycles and horses. It is a “park for all seasons,” with pleasant views year-round and beautiful greenery in the spring months. Start at the entrance and follow Edgewood Trail or Sylvan Loop, then choose a path. There are many possible routes at this park, making it a fun place to come back to again and again. To get there from Interstate 280, take the Edgewood Road exit and go west. Park on the south side of Edgewood Road near the freeway or at Cañada and Edgewood roads. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 47


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Hiking and biking Purisima Creek Trail

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This old county road used in the 19th century follows Purisima Creek through steep canyons. It’s quiet, wide, and 8.4 miles round trip. Alternatively, you might make a loop from the North Ridge Trail or Harkins Ridge Trail and return on the Whittemore Gulch Trail for a vigorous 6.8-mile trip. Or, from the Higgins Purisima entrance, try the challenging 9.1-mile loop: take Purisima Creek Trail to the Soda Gulch Trail, connect with Harkins Ridge Trail, the North Ridge Trail and then end with Whittemore Gulch Trail. Some trails are open only for hikers; others are open to equestrians and cyclists. There is even a 1/4-mile-long trail, funded by the Peninsula Open Space Trust, for the physically limited. Access the preserve from either Higgins Purisima Road or Skyline Boulevard 6.5 miles south of Highway 92.

HIKERS ONLY Año Nuevo State Reserve People come from around the world to experience this treasured coastal strip, many of them hoping to glimpse the reserve’s most famous attraction elephant seals in action. Año Nuevo is a three-mile round trip to the Año Nuevo Point. It’s an easy hike until you get to the sand, where there are dunes that make the trek more challenging. There is beach access for disabled people. Bicyclists and equestrians prohibited. From Northern Elephant Field, with binoculars, you might spot elephant seals, which molt during the spring and summer. No pets allowed. Permits are free and you get them at the entrance station from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. South on Highway 1, 30 miles from Half Moon Bay. Butano State Park

Located in a quiet, woody canyon, this park is a favorite for campers. It’s popular among hikers as well. The beautiful, challenging 10-mile Canyon Trail connects you to a series of circuits through the park. Equestrians, bicyclists and dogs are prohibited from trails. Call (650) 879-2025 for more information. Butano is off Highway 1, 4.6 miles south of Highway 84. Take Pescadero Road east for 2.6 miles, turn south on Cloverdale Road and then go five miles to the park entrance on the left.

Memorial Park

Nestled in the redwood forestland behind Pescadero, Memorial Park offers outdoor enthusiasts a tranquil retreat. Inside the park, visitors will find a series of trails snaking past campsites and picnic areas to breathtaking vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains and swimming holes in Pescadero Creek. Perfect for campers and hikers, the park prohibits bikes, horses and dogs. Trails from the park connect to adjacent properties Pescadero Creek County Park, Portola State Park and Butano State Park. To get to Memorial Park, take Highway 1 to Pescadero Creek Road and drive eight miles east — the park entrance is on the right-hand side of the road.

Crystal Springs Cross With views of the San Francisco skyline, this 7.5-mile course is considered one of the best cross-country paths Country Running Course in the Bay Area. Maintained by College of San Mateo volunteers, the trail is open exclusively to hikers, joggers and runners. Be sure to bring a water bottle — the trail area can get pretty hot on sunny days. Athletes have been known to pass out from heat exhaustion when running this trail. To get there from the coast or Interstate 280, take Highway 92 east and exit at Ralston Avenue. Turn right on Hallmark Drive and continue to Hallmark Park. Park on the street and enter the trailhead by the path near the tennis courts. From I-280, take Highway 92 east and follow the directions above. Pulgas Ridge Open Space This 366-acre Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District preserve contains two beautiful loop hikes and Preserve joins the San Francisco Watershed. There are six miles of trails to travel for hikers only. One three-mile loop is a surfaced road designed for hikers and cyclists. An alternate route, the Polly Geraci Trail, meets up with the main loop. To get there, take the Edgewood Road exit from Interstate 280 and go east one mile. Turn left on Crestview Drive and left on Edmonds Road.

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Equestrian trails EQUESTRIAN RETREATS Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

In the spring, Russian Ridge is one of the best places to view wildflowers in the area, according to MROSD. Year-round, the preserve has wonderful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the preserve’s grassy hillsides, which are not as steep as Purisima or Windy Hill. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians permitted; no dogs allowed. Start at the entrance to the preserve at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Page Mill Road. Take the Bay Area Ridge Trail, connect with the Mindego Trail, join the Ancient Oaks Trail and then you’ll connect back again to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and return to the parking lot. The entrance to Russian Ridge can be accessed by taking Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) 19.7 miles south of Highway 92. Or take the Page Mill Road exit from Interstate 280 until its intersection with Skyline Boulevard. All MROSD trails have maps available at the signboards in the parking areas.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

This preserve contains a 21-mile network of challenging trails through canyons and ridges under a balcony of redwoods. Think about browsing through a guidebook before heading out — the trail possibilities are many. The owner, MROSD, says this is a great place for summer rides because it is heavily forested, providing muchneeded shade on hot days.

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

The trails are distinct, and the views incredible, according to MROSD. A great 1.5-mile hike is the Anniversary Trail loop, which offers 360-degree views of the entire Bay Area. Access this hike from Skyline Boulevard, 14.4 miles south of Highway 92, where you’ll find a gate labeled WH01 at the entrance and ample roadside parking. It is open to hikers and leashed dogs only. However, a longer, roughly 8-mile loop is perfect for horses. Park at the designated parking area on Skyline Blvd., 14.8 miles south of Highway 92. From there, take the Lost Trail to Razorback Ridge, connect with Eagle Trail and then the Hamms Gulch Trail, finally returning to the Lost Trail for a short distance back to the parking lot. The Spring Ridge Trail is open to bikers, horses, hikers and dogs.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Established in 1902, Big Basin is California’s oldest state park, and consists of over 18,000 acres of old-growth and recovering redwood forest. It features beautiful waterfalls, an 80-mile trail network and camping areas. Trails range from easy to moderate, with options for hikers, backpackers, cyclists and equestrians. The best way to pick a hike is to check out the Web site at www.bigbasin.org. From here, you can find information about trails, weather conditions and fees. To get to Big Basin, take Skyline Boulevard (Hwy. 35) to Hwy. 9, and then take Big Basin Way to the Ranger Station.

Sam McDonald County Park

This easily overlooked 850-acre park lies about 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Creek Road on the way to Memorial and Pescadero Creek parks. With its network of trails, the park offers equestrian adventurers a place to stretch their horses’ legs. The park also features the Hikers’ Hut, situated near the top of Towne Ridge, which provides lodging for groups of hikers. To get to the park, Take Highway 1 to Pescadero Creek Road. Then go east 11 miles to the park entrance.

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EvERy PUMPKIN IN ITS PLACE In October, the Coastside blushes orange with touches of sage green or creamy white in crazy-quilts of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Some patches have pumpkins spread around a stand where the friendly owner waits. Others display relics like an old tractor. Others are pumpkin theme parks with bounce houses, pony rides, refreshments and gift shops.

Farmer’s Daughter Cabrillo Highway, Moss Beach, 728-8660. This farm sells local and organic produce grown on the coast by Cabrillo Farms. The first or last stop on the Coastside from the north and a good place to visit to avoid traffic.

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Farmer John’s Pumpkins 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 726-4980. You’ll find 50 varieties of pumpkins and squash on this down-home farm: “This is us. This is Farmer John and Eda and lots of emotions,” John Muller said.

4-C’s Pumpkins 11853 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 7267-0574. This first patch you’ll see when you come into Half Moon Bay has jump toys, slides, ponies and a petting zoo, and lots of pumpkins grown nearby.

Lemos Family Farm 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 726-2342. A smorgasbord of eye candy and family attractions: spots for a pony or birthday party, picnics, a haunted house, refreshments, a duck pond and lots of pumpkins. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 53


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Pastorino’s Pumpkin Farm 12391 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 726-6440. Tractor and pony rides, kids’ jump toys, a haunted house — all of it makes for a family place with meandering paths through the pumpkins.

t&E Pastorino 12511 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 726-2445. Beautiful landscaping adds elegance to the ambience brought by the Jewel Box. Cinderella, sugar pie, mini-pumpkins and gourds can be found here.

Repetto’s Pumpkins 12331 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 726-6414. Most pumpkins are $5 here except for the biggest ones that might run you $10. Don’t forget the flower shop, mini pumpkins, dinosaurs and dragon.

Marsh & Sons 12950 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, (650) 465-1491. Locally grown produce stands and honey partner with 15 varieties of pumpkins grown in Half Moon Bay and Pescadero.

Cozzolino’s 501 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. You’ll find about 10 varieties of pumpkins grown by fourth-generation local farmer Tony Cozzolino to put himself through college.

Bob’s Pumpkin Farm 2900 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 7127740. Pumpkins grow in the same sprawling fields where they’re sold here. This pumpkin business began out of a Model A pickup in 1956.

Arata Pumpkin Farm 185 verde Road, Half Moon Bay, 726-7548. A maze built from 10,000 hay bales that is called “The Golden Fleece” houses battling knights. “Monster stem” pumpkins are part of the 40-50 varieties.

tunitas Creek Family Farm 333 Tunitas Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, 726-9710. This working farm where all employees are members of the family offers homegrown pumpkins with long vines, and is a good spot for families.

Muzzi’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, 950 La Honda Road, San Gregorio. Old-time farmer Dominic Muzzi is usually on hand for a classic, mellow pumpkin-patch experience with easy parking.

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Schools There are two school districts, Cabrillo Unified School District and La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, that serve students on the Coastside. In addition, two K-8 private schools are located Coastside. Cabrillo Unified School District The Cabrillo Unified School District, situated between the cities of San Francisco and Santa Cruz on the beautiful Pacific Coastline, serves approximately 3,400 students in pre-kindergarten, K-12, and adult education programs. The District, established on July 1, 1965 and encompassing an area of approximately 135 square miles, consists of four elementary schools—El Granada, Farallone View, Hatch, and Kings Mountain— Cunha Intermediate School, Half Moon Bay High School, and Pilarcitos High School (an alternative education/continuation center). The mission of the Cabrillo Unified School District is to “develop critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who actively participate in their individual learning and development and are fully prepared to embrace their next challenge… by utilizing our unique natural resources and engaging the entire Coastside community and its partners in providing a rich and academically rigorous curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment.” This mission is more succinctly stated in the Board-adopted motto, “Every Child, Every Day.” The District Office is located at 498 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, and can be reached at 712-7100. Visit the official Cabrillo Unified website at http://www.cabrillo.k12.ca.us/ for additional information. School sites include: Alvin S. Hatch Elementary School

490 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay, 712-7160.

El Granada Elementary School

514 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, 712-7150.

Farallone View Elementary School

1100 Le Conte Avenue, Montara, 712-7170.

Kings Mountain Elementary School

211 Swett Road, Woodside, 712-7180.

Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate School

Kelly Avenue and Church Street, Half Moon Bay, 712-7190.

Half Moon Bay High School

1 Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay, 712-7200.

Pilarcitos High School

498 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, 712-7224.

The La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District is San Mateo County’s largest district in terms of geography, but has the smallest student enrollment. The small size imposes some limitations, but it also means the teacher-student ratio is small enough for individual attention, and the district enjoys a high degree of community involvement and support not typical in larger districts. The district encompasses the South Coast, serving the unincorporated communities of Pescadero, La Honda and Loma Mar with an enrollment of 360 students. The district office is located at 360 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero, and can be reached at 879-0286. It includes: La Honda Elementary School

Sears Ranch Road, La Honda. K - 6. 747-0051.

Pescadero Elementary

620 North St., Pescadero. Preschool-5. 879-0332.

Pescadero Middle and High School

350 Butano Cutoff Road, Pescadero. Grades 7-12. 879-0274.

Private Schools on the Coastside Sea Crest School

Sea Crest School is an independent, nonprofit K-8 school that offers small class sizes and before- and after-school care. 901 Arnold Way, Half Moon Bay. 712-9892.

Wilkinson School

Pre-K–8 in El Granada has offered an educational choice for Coastside families since 1977. 750 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, 726-2990. Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 57


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Senior & Health Services Besides a host of private practices, those seeking medical care have a variety of choices. Seton Medical Center Coastside (Seton Coastside) provides long-term care for the elderly and chronically ill, emergency and outpatient services. The Coastside RotaCare Clinic brings urgent care to those who have no medical insurance or are underinsured. Sonrisas Community Dental Center offers dental services on a reduced-fee schedule to eligible low-income families. Coastside Adult Day Health Center (CADHC) offers a full range of services for the frail, elderly and disabled. The Senior Coastsiders serves hot meals and provides Meals On Wheels for the homebound. Seton Medical Coastside Seton Coastside

Seton Coastside provides compassionate care including a 116-bed skilled nursing facility with long-term care for the elderly and chronically ill, and hospitalization in the medical unit. Seton Coastside has the only standby 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department on the coast from Daly City to Santa Cruz. There are also three outpatient clinics — a lab, screening mammogram and X-ray department, and rehabilitative services. Seton Medical Center is located in Daly City. Off Highway 1: 600 Marine Blvd., Moss Beach. (650) 563-7100. setonmedicalcenter.org/coastside

The Coastside RotaCare Clinic

The Coastside RotaCare Clinic brings urgent care to those who have no medical insurance or are underinsured. RotaCare is the result of a collaborative partnership between Seton Medical Center, Seton Coastside, the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club, and the San Mateo County Public Health Department. Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Translators and Registrars volunteer their time, providing much needed healthcare services to coastside residents. The Clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is opened Wednesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Shoreline Station: 225 S Cabrillo Highway, Suite 200A, Half Moon Bay. (650) 573-3774. www.rotacarebayarea.org

Sonrisas Community Dental Center

Sonrisas Community Dental Center opened its doors in 2001 to provide access to affordable dental care for low-income San Mateo Coastside residents. Last year, they provided dental treatment to nearly 1,500 children and adults who might otherwise have gone without care. The dentists, hygienists, and other dental professionals who treat Sonrisas patients are creating a healthier life and a brighter future for families who live and work in the community. Pilarcitos Square: 210 San Mateo Road, Suite 104, Half Moon Bay. 7262144. www.sonrisasdental.org

Coastside Adult Day Health Center

CADHC keeps the frail, elderly and disabled as healthy, active and independent as possible, when advancing years or physical/mental conditions call for extra care and attention. The agency offers a daily program of activities and substantial health services operated by a team of professionals and program aides, including an Alzheimers Program and Family Caregiver Support Program. The agency works in cooperation with the participants, their caregivers and their personal physicians in an atmosphere that is both caring and supportive. 645 Correas St., Half Moon Bay. 726-5067. www.coastsideadultdayhealth.org

Senior Coastsiders

Founded in 1977, Senior Coastsiders has become the focal point for senior services on the Coastside. Senior Coastsiders strive to create an atmosphere that acknowledges and affirms the value, dignity and self worth of seniors and adults with disabilities. The agency also serves as a resource for the entire community for information on aging, support of caregivers, and development of innovative approaches to address issues of aging. Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center. 726-9056. www.seniorcoastsiders.org Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 59


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religion

Religion The Coastside is home to several religious organizations, so visiting guests and newcomers are likely to find just the right place to express their beliefs and congregate with like-minded folks from the community. Sightseers may want to visit some of the older churches in town — like the Community United Methodist Church on the corner of Johnston Avenue and Miramontes Street. Built in 1872, this old church has stained-glass windows that reflect various Coastside themes. Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church on Kelly Avenue and Church Street is another landmark sight with more than 125 years of history in Half Moon Bay. Calvary Chapel of Half Moon Bay

436 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7978. cchmb.org

Church in the Redwoods Worship

8910 La Honda Road, La Honda.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

375 California Street and Hwy 1, Moss Beach. 728-5556. lds.org

Coastlands Church

726-4822. coastlandschurch.com

Coastside Baptist Church

555 Seymour St., Half Moon Bay. 726-2013. coastsidebaptist.org

Coastside Jewish Community

P.O. Box 1729, El Granada, CA 94018. 479-5252. coastsidejewishcommunity.org

Coastside Lutheran Church

900 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-9293. coastsidelutheran.org

Community United Methodist Church

777 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4621. cumc-hmb.com

Holy Family Episcopal Church

1590 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-0506. holyfamilyhmb.org

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Half Moon Bay 611 Magnolia St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6129.

Mariner’s Community Church

225 S. Cabrillo Highway #101C, Half Moon Bay. 726-5959. marinerscc.org

Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church

400 Church Street, Half Moon Bay. 726-4674. ourladyofthepillar.org

Our Lady of Refuge

146 Sears Ranch Road, La Honda. 726-4674.

Parish of St. Anthony (Pescadero)

696 North St., Pescadero. 726-4674.

Pescadero Community Church

363 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0408. pescaderochurch.org

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on Banner rode his first wave on an old surfboard lodged in a creek up in Purisima Canyon. Little did he know that decades later he’d be competing in the Mavericks surf competition. As one of two local surfers to ever compete in the invitational, Banner walked away with 10th place in 1999 and 11th place the next year. At 12, Banner was regularly borrowing his neighbor’s boards and goofing off on little waves in the bay at Princeton, back before the break wall was extended. So he just kept trying to paddle out on his own. He actually made the lineup at Linda Mar, and it was there that he caught his first real wave. Later he graduated to Ross’ Cove, which he described as, “a social pressure kind of scene where everybody there was harsh about your abilities and capabilities.” He then moved to Hawaii to really work on his chops. Living there pushed him to become a real surfer. Although Mother Nautre never provided the requisite big waves during the contest window last year, Banner was slated as an alternate for The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational. Q: In what ways has Mavericks evolved, devolved or changed since you started surfing there? It’s changed from being a secret bigwave spot, with anywhere from one to two to five people out, to now 20 to 50 people and all kinds of international surfers and people who are coming here for career reasons. It’s become the pinnacle of the

big-wave scene. It’s really evolved from this small-town secret. Q: What lessons do you try to instill in the next generation of surfers? I’ve done a lot of surfing lessons and I’ve coached some of the young guys around here, but mostly they hit a point where they feel like they know it. A lot of them want to just go out and do it on their own. Some kids seem really open to being coached, but, once they get a handle on it, I think it’s a personal thing. Most of them want to have pride in taking it on themselves, not so much of the tutelage like, “Oh, I taught him everything I know,” and I don’t really boast to have done that with anyone — even my son. He’s learned most of the stuff on his own. Q: Are there certain lessons about mindset that you teach them? Like I said, when you are a surfer and you’re building up to a wave like that, then you’re kind of growing in the mindset. And, if you don’t do that, then you go out and get your mind blown. It’s rare that someone goes from 5-foot surf to 25-foot surf. There’s usually some kind of build up and some kind of mental build up, too, by going out in bigger waves, gaining calmness. If they are ever out there asking me, I’m ready to help them and give them pointers and teach them stuff it took me years to learn. Q: Some people believe there should be guaranteed spots on the invitee list for surfers from the community.

What is the responsibility of the contest organizers to engage the local community? We can’t assume they are going to follow the way that other contests have been run — the Eddie Aikau, for instance. There’s always Hawaiians that are locals that are seeded in the event. They’re not necessarily international surfers going around on the tour or with sponsors, but they are well-known and have been there since day one. So the event shows the respect to involve the natives. I think it’s more about the organizers trying to generate the sponsorship to keep all the money involved. They have to keep those key players and big names in there to do that. I think it’s been discouraging for some of the youth as far as trying to get into the event or follow that dream. Q: As a longtime surfer who grew up on the Coastside, what do you think gives someone — whether a surfer, a filmmaker, or a company — the right to “ride the wave”? I think it’s there for anyone who is there for the challenge. I don’t think it’s wise for people to go out there with no experience, but it happens all the time, and they get a pretty big wake-up call. The ocean is for everyone. I’ve grown up being a local. I feel lucky, but not everyone is that lucky. Some people grow up over the hill or farther from the ocean but share the same love for it. As far as having a right to surf out there, I think it’s for girls, boys, young, old, anyone who has a desire. CG Fall 2011 Coastside Guide 63


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