Another day in Northern California, another cruise out to the coast to catch a sunset ... or so I thought.
When I got out to San Gregorio today, the coast was totally socked in by a fogbank. So I started driving south on Route 1 to see if I might be able to see the sun farther down the coast. That may sound foolishly optimistic, but I've seen it happen quite a few times before. And what the heck, I was on Route 1 in a fast car.
First stop, the foggy rocky shores of Pescadero:
Lovely glamour shots of a Dodge Challenger in a fogbank, but no sunset. Onwards!
Finally, just around the time I hit the Santa Cruz County line and Big Basin State Park, I got ahead of the fog bank.
But I could tell by the way the fog was still rolling in that I'd probably need to make it another 50 miles down the coast if I wanted a sunset. Sigh. I gave up the chase and decided to turn around and head back up the coast. At least the fog had discouraged the tourists, so I could blast back up Route 1 at an unsavory speed in my ridiculous muscle car with nary a bit of traffic ahead to slow me down....
Hey, where'd this guy in the anti-muscle car come from?
As you might imagine, the Challenger made quick work of this cute obstacle.
Then much to my surprise, as I neared Half Moon Bay a crack in the fog appeared!
I pulled over and took a look. Somewhere out there, across the farm fields, the beaches, and the waves, a sunset was trying to crack through the fog!
I hopped back in the car, drove up the coast a bit further, took the first left-hand turn I could find, and headed out to the coast. The sunset chase was back on!
As I drove on a little side road out to the beach, a bright orange Sun dropped beneath the clouds and took a brilliant plunge into the sea. Truly spectacular. Alas, I was driving and didn't capture a picture.
But I did stop the car, jump out, and take these two photos about ten seconds later. It looks like it was a very pretty sunset on Pillar Point, if you happened to be there:
And a few minutes later I got down to the beach and enjoyed a very pretty afterglow. The light coming in under the fog and reflecting off the water was really something special:
And so it was that my fast ride on the coast did indeed find a sunset, though hardly where I expected to see one and long after I'd given up hope!