I know some of you have already met the moody blues of autumn, but I am still getting used to Septembers (also Octobers) in California as both are the warmest months over here, a beautiful and long end of summer. I am trying really hard to squeeze as many beach days and ice-cream cones as possible into these last warm weekends. September especially is great for beach relaxation as it's also less foggy. There are several beaches I enjoy close to my home. We spent last Sunday in Pacifica. It's not easy to catch a perfect day in this sleepy seaside town during the year as the fog really loves to hang over its beach. The day was really a perfect one: crystal clear air, soft breeze, warm and just amazingly nice! I do love Pacifica for two reasons: "calm, no-rush, old-California" feel and tasty hotdogs from Chit Chat Cafe.
Chit Chat Cafe looks funky and retro. I remember I was anxious about going inside for the first time as it looked dirty to me from the first sight but it wasn't. The perfect location next to the pier overlooking the ocean makes it ideal for a little snack on a warm or any kind of day actually. Frankly, I haven't tried anything besides the hotdogs and those you can get only on weekends. They have a grill outside with a special menu on Saturdays and Sundays. But I do see locals there (sometimes the same ones all over again) drinking coffee and having a little bite of something all the time. But again, I can speak only for very delicious hotdogs. We order them every time we are in Pacifica on a weekend. This time my man also tried a buffalo burger and it was a very good one too.
To have a walk along Pacifica's broadwalk is already our family tradition especially when we have a lot of things and ideas to discuss. You may not believe me, but exactly there, during some of our walks, our best ideas and solutions have been born. The walk is always so beautiful and calm, the thoughts seem to come together by themselves into one complete puzzle, truly. Sometimes it's just a pleasure to have a walk without any words at all because the ocean waves are so beautifully loud I don't want to miss the sound of them.
The old Pacifica pier is kind of the main attraction of the town. I am told some of the best fishing in California is here. The amount of the fishermen out there every day under any weather conditions, I guess, makes me believe it. It's also a pleasure to see that none of the fishermen have their mobile phones or tablets. Watching them simply waiting for a good catch with their thoughts somewhere in the middle of the ocean is taking one step to the past days when joy was easily found in so many different and simple things. These people still can live in real world with its wonders and I am a bit jealous. Robert and I have never caught a fish in our lives so we peacefully walked the pier and enjoyed the ocean view on a beautiful day. We always do.
Also, there is a very beautiful path for a walk along the shore and a golf course. The golf course looks unique and very pretty with its lake and dead trees where huge (really huge) crows and the occasional hawk are hanging out. Sometimes we go up to the hill at the end of the path to enjoy the view of Pacifica.
My respect goes to locals who keep this place so untouched with its old soul rejecting any development of the place. Otherwise, it could become another tourist destination with 'cute' modern condos and ugly hotels along the boardwalk. I am so happy it's not happening here. I hope it never will.