John & Anne Wiley

2015/07/28

Pajaro to Capitola

We attended a sweet simple family wedding on the beach at Pajaro Dunes some years ago, so we always enjoy seeing it when we fly that section of coast.

5289 Pajaro Dunes Homes

5289 Pajaro Dunes Homes

Even looking at this pic evokes dream memories mingling surf sounds with deep sleep in one of these rental cottages. Up the beach a ways, swimmers were completely unaware of the dark shape of a tight school of fish huddling against the hungry gulls.

5239 School Gulls

5239 School Gulls

Manresa State Beach seems to demonstrate a problem with so many of us loving these beaches, combined with current agricultural methods.

5231 Manresa Algae Bloom

5231 Manresa Algae Bloom

Those dark shapes that look similar to an oil spill are probably algae blooms triggered by high nutrient levels in the warm water. At Seacliff in Aptos is the “cement boat”  that we found so intriguing as kids, unaware of its story way back to WWI.

5226 S.S. Palo Alto

5226 S.S. Palo Alto

Capitola has built up its little waterfront into quite a tourist attraction, making us want to visit again and see the changes at what claims to be the oldest beach resort on the West Coast.

5218 Capitola

5218 Capitola

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