the boneyard

Finding Mavericks; On the West Coast part 3

Our last couple of days in Nor. Cal. took us down the coast, south of San Francisco

Alcatraz from Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz from Golden Gate Bridge


As we wound our way down the coast we were truly amazed at the changing scenery. Beaches, forest lined highways climbing mountains to rocky prehistoric coastline.IMG_4052


A heavy marine fog settled in over the coast make for a cold day and somewhat bland photos.IMG_4010

One amazing stop we encountered was the Devils Slide, an overlook and paved trail up the coastal mountain with unreal views of the ocean


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Moving along to our final destination, Half Moon Bay.


pelican landing


We checked out a couple  surf shops, and

mavericks surf

spread the word about the reef warriors.

Then it was on to Mavericks. A short drive and walk to Pillar PointIMG_4137 to see this legendary big wave spot. Now we did not see this monster wave, although we caught a glimpse of what it can be. Our pics can’t capture what we saw so I will try to explain. Past the boneyard, you could see a swell that would start to rise up and almost form. It was a good way out, there was a pulse to it, a rhythm that you could sense. Maybe if we were on the top of the bluff, or had a better camera we could have captured it. But trust me it was out there.

Here are some pic’s of the boneyard. The rocks were at least 30ft tall and the waves crashing around them were huge.

15 ft wave at boneyard
half moon bay pillar point from half moon bay beach 3 miles away
boneyard at a distance taken from Half Moon Bay beach 3 miles away
boneyard waves
mavericks boneyard
waves at boneyard
Waves at Mavericks bone yard



the boneyard
Reef Warriors at Mavericks

After a wonderful dinner at The Half Moon Brewing Co. we took in the sunset. A fitting way to end a great trip.

sunset cali stlye

A quick summary, The whole trip was wonderful, the north California area is a photographers nirvana. Gail must have taken 1500 pic’s. (Thank goodness for digital photos). The food everywhere was outstanding as was the service. Napa valley is a wine lovers dream come true.

The whole water culture was a little different than we see on the east coast but the small surf areas and especially the Half Moon Bay area had a feel to them, much like Hatteras. We saw lots of sups on vehicles, as well as surf boards. If the day was not so cold when we were at Half Moon bay we would have rented some sups to paddle around the bay.

If you ever get the chance to visit this area you will not be disappointed.


Happy Easter to all.

Here is an Easter Seal for you.easter seal

Pot stills

Pot Stills and Paddleboards ; On the West Coast part 2


Exploring the Napa Valley area is tricky, so much to see and do, choosing which winery to start at, a difficult decision for most I am sure, but not for us. We found the only winery with the 200 yr old pot still that makes rum, and we found it at 2100 feet above sea level.

Pot stills
Pot stills IMG_3564 IMG_3562

unfortunately Cali laws would not allow us to taste or purchase this rum at the distillery (but I will find some rum and bring it back for a proper review) we got a great lesson on the stilling process and tasted the wines they had to offer.

Moving on we spent 2 full days taking photosIMG_3646 IMG_3666

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and enjoying many great wine and food experiences.

Finally Wednesday  afternoon we headed down to San Raphael, for a windy Wednesday paddle board trip.

We headed out from 101 Surfsports

down a waterway into the Oakland Bay. We had a nice scenic paddle to the Marin Islands.




where we were greeted by Capt. Drew

Capt. Drew
Capt. Drew




the skipper and 1st mate of the Barbary Ghost

for a boat ride back to the surf shop.

This was supposed to be a “downwinder” riding chop and bump surfing for a mile or so but as you can see IMG_3788the bay was flat and calm. Capt. Drew tried his best to get everyone a ride as he drove around for a 1/2 hr or so creating some bumps.IMG_3779

riding the wake
riding the wake


We got a good taste of the sup culture here learning about racing and bump and glide boards from our guide Derek and the rest of the paddlers on the trip. We also shared our stories of the reef and the  water culture we have on the Great Lakes.


Gidget tried out a Starboard touring board and a SIC Bullet.  Both stable boards that performed nicely in the light conditions we encountered. The Starboard just powered it way through the small waves while the Bullet glided right through them. None of that nose slap we get on our boards when the waves just start to pick up. I chose a trusty old Starboard Atlas, the big bro to the Big Easy.

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The nite ended with a sunset ride back to 101 sharing experiences and stories with our evening friends



point abino light house from the air

On the West Coast part 1

While Casey is busy trying to see who has cool new gear he can borrow and try out, Gidget and I are in Nor. Cal. for some much-needed R&R. Our 1st day was spent visiting family before heading off to Napa Valley on a wine IMG_3554quest, (hopefully there will be rum too!) Here are a couple of pics from the flight out.

Buffalo Harbor
Buffalo Harbor
point abino light house from the air
point abino light house from the air
Sherkston and the reef
Sherkston and the reef
The rockie mountains
The rockie mountains

We do have a downwind paddle planned later in the week and we round out the trip with a visit to Mavericks. Below are a few pics from the 1st couple days.

Muir Woods
Muir Woods


The Golden Gate Bridge

Point Bonita Lighthouse
Point Bonita Lighthouse

New Rum?

Fellow reef warrior “Tommy Boy” just sampled a new Rum on the scene. It’s called Sugar island Spice Rum. His review was ” lots of Carmel up front with a kick your a** finish”. It’s sounds like Sailor Jerry has got some competition now. Bring it on.!
It’s Rum quest time😊

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