Our Guest Shari Durfey {Northern California Beaches}

Hello to all of Cynthia’s readers! I’m Shari from Exploring the Wonders of Life. I am so excited & honored to be doing a guest post on Beach Coast Style! I love Cynthia’s blog, as I love all things from the ocean and related to the beach. I grew up in Northern California, in San Jose, where I lived 45 minutes away from the ocean. After high school, I moved to Santa Cruz, a beach town that becomes a tourist destination every summer. I loved living close enough to have the sea sing me to sleep every night.

Although many of Santa Cruz’s beaches were packed with people two-three months out of the year, there were always little beaches, just a bit further away, that were practically empty, and just wildly gorgeous. The land along the coastlines in California have serious tectonic action pushing the crust up and out… it makes for some very dramatic terra firma!

My favorite beach, which I’m showing you here, is just north of Santa Cruz and south of San Francisco… kind of in the middle of the city and the town, in a county called San Mateo. It doesn’t really have a name, you find it by looking for it visually. Sea lions bask on the rocks, along with seals, sometimes. Sea otters can occasionally be seen in the kelp floating out beyond the surf.

In the spring and summer, the wild purple irises bloom up on the cliffs, amidst the ice plant, which also has some stunningly bright, anemone-like magenta blooms. There are pelicans and seagulls that wheel overhead, and sandpipers and other little birds that scurry along the edge of the surf looking for little sand crabs & clams… it’s never lonely here, even if you come here alone!

The sand is only really “sand” at one end of the beach… by the time you get to the other end, it’s all smooth, shiny, multicolored pebbles… the sound that the waves make along the pebbly beach here is entirely different from the soft sound it makes along the sandy part of the beach. Sitting and listening to those sounds is my second favorite thing to do at the beach. My first favorite is walking along the water’s edge, looking for seashells… and along the tide pools, discovering all the secretive anemones and starfish that live amongst the rocks in the watery wells. It’s just beautiful. I hope that one day, you are lucky enough to visit one of these lovely beaches. Thank you for having me, Cynthia!

Thank You Shari for being our guest today!!! It’s always fun to have someone with a different eye to look at things.  I always find something I did not know.  And California beaches are just gorgeous if you have been there you know if not, and given the opportunity take it!

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lenore*nevermoreJune 9, 2011 - 1:45 PM

Beautiful photos, Shari!
Can almost taste the salty air~~~

Marie @ Sally Lee by the SeaJune 8, 2011 - 9:25 PM

What a wonderful post – making me completely & totally home sick for California… ;o)

Love of the SeaJune 8, 2011 - 8:08 PM

Great photos. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring post!!!

Sheedia | InspirU CooCooJune 8, 2011 - 5:38 PM

Nice post Shari. That last picture is the one that got me. Somehow I can hear the waves through the picture.
That is what we call a VERY powerful picture.

BahamasDreadJune 8, 2011 - 2:49 PM

Awe shari you had me completely fooled here I am reading your article and trying to figure out why i couldn’t hear the sound the waves make on the pebbly beach. Love the pics!

CynthiaJune 8, 2011 - 8:58 AM

so glad you found us! We welcome you!!

TerriawJune 8, 2011 - 8:46 AM

I’m so happy to have found your blog through my friend Shari! What a fabulous post! I loved reading Shari’s thoughts on the beach and the sea, and seeing them through her camera eye with her wonderful photos.