December Beach Day in Half Moon Bay

Grace is on a girls weekend in Chicago / Lake Michigan. There was some serious plumbing going on at the house, so we had to get out of there. HMB is my go-to for having a day outdoors with the kids. I’d say there’s a routine, but every wave is different and makes for an adventurous time.

It was crazy to see what the recent storms did to erode the beach. Shortly after walking off the steps there’s about a 5-6′ sand cliff to the newly contoured beach. The seas were still pretty rough and I did have some fear of the kids getting washed away. There was a low-point on the beach that I told Olivia to avoid, though she kept taunting the ocean. This young couple went for a stroll right into that area and were soon soaked to mid-thigh of their rolled-up jeans. It was funny, but also made my point to O.

Though there were some scuffles and a war of wills, there was also a lot of teamwork. We had a late lunch at the hotel before heading home. HMB is always a great little getaway for us and it turned out to be a beatiful late-Autumn day.

Beach and Dinner in Half Moon Bay

On Sunday, August 17th, after I recovered from the Art Fair ride, Grace said we had to get the kids some soccer gear for camp that was starting on Monday. She needed the rest of the day to work, so the kids and I went out. Lucas recalled that I had promised him we’d go to the park, so we went there for a bit. We also had success at the soccer store.

I suggested we go to the beach, and although it was late in the afternoon, we headed over. Like any summer day in the Bay Area, the coast can be dodgy, and on this day, it was overcast, gray and a little chilly. The kids do not care. We “hiked” down to the beach and they played for a bit until dinner time. We headed into the hotel to get cleaned up and changed and decided to have dinner there.

Afterwards, I thought we were ready to head out, but the kids remembered a hill out back they played on at Mother’s Day brunch. We went down to the back of the hotel and they rolled down that hill (with the sundown bagpipes playing) until it was close to dark.

Mother’s Day in Half Moon Bay

Today, we celebrated Mother’s Day with the Parks and Moons at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. It was a beautiful day by the ocean. Photo credit to Clara for our family photos.

Happy Mother’s Day to Grace and especially our mothers.

Gazelle Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

On October 10th, 2013, I went with Lucas on his annual pumpkin patch field trip. I’m already starting to get a little nostalgic about all these years of Gazelle field trips between Olivia and Lucas. I’m realizing this is the last time for each of them, so I hope to make it to as many as possible. What a great tradition.

Golf Weekend with Eddie and Bobby

Eddie, Bobby and I try to do an annual golf weekend. Usually it’s in Vegas, but we went to Miami once. This year, schedules were busy, and though Vegas was calling to me and Eddie, Bobby happened to be in the Bay Area for work for a couple weeks so we decided to meet here.

Eddie flew in on Thursday night and we went to dinner with Grace and the kids. On Friday, we drove down to the Santa Cruz mountains to play at Pasatiempo, which is an Alister MacKenzie course. I had never played there, but Grace told me it’s Charles’s favorite course in the Bay Area. It was beautiful and challenging. We played with a member, which was helpful. After the round, we tried to head to Santa Cruz for lunch, but it was too busy. We stopped in Palo Alto instead and had a great late lunch at Reposado.

Friday evening, we picked Bobby up at his hotel, which is only a couple miles from my home. We headed to San Francisco to have dinner at Epic Roasthouse. I  enjoy the food there and the view is always appreciated by out-of-town guests.

Saturday, we played 36 holes on the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay. Charles joined us for the first 18. I had the round of the decade, which isn’t really saying much, but was a small triumph for me. Charles wanted to try a burger place in town, so he took us to Ground-up Burger, which was awesome. We had more time to relax before our afternoon round, so we just relaxed at the resort.

The second 18 holes were very, very slow, but there’s no complaining when you’re golfing along the ocean. We ended up finishing just before our 8pm reservation at Navio, which is the main restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. The menu has changed over the years and I didn’t always love it, but we all had an amazing dinner together.

Sunday, we had an early tee time at Harding Park in San Francisco, where they held the President’s Cup several years ago. I don’t often play there, but was reminded how different and beautiful it is compared to HMB. Usually we old men ride carts, but they’re always cart path only, which is more of a pain than a convenience. Thus, we decided to walk, which turned out to be easy and fast on this very flat course. My buddy, Dave, joined us as our 4th. It was a good test of golf for all of us. Photo credits of Eddie, Bobby and me go to Dave.

It always goes by too fast, but we managed to fit in a ton of golf and catching up. Thanks for making the long trip, Eddie. I’m already looking forward to our next outing.

Golf at Half Moon Bay Ocean Course

On Saturday, June 15th, Grace and I played the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay. Grace was adamant about playing it vs. the Old Course, but afterwards, I think she might have been 2nd-guessing herself (she never does that). Despite the crisp weather, I enjoyed playing with just us as a twosome. I had a stretch of 1 good hole, twice.

After finishing, we went to the Ritz-Carlton for a light lunch before heading home. This was our 4th round together this summer!

In Search of Christmas Tree

On December 8th, we headed out in search of a Christmas tree. There are a bunch of farms out towards Half Moon Bay. We tried a farm where you cut your own down, but found slim pickings. We gave up and decided to go to lunch instead. On the way home, we stopped at a different farm where they had fresh cut trees. Again, we had a hard time decided, but after looking at every one, we picked the one in front of our car.