We took a long weekend's trip out to the San Mateo coastside, a shakedown cruise for a new toy, pictured above. Those not from around here may not realize there's plenty of open space within an hour's drive of the teeming Valley.
We stayed three nights at the Costanoa resort and camp, and made it our base for short excursions. These included a run down to Santa Cruz to help an old friend move house, visiting Storrs Winery (grand noir and petite sirah) and Rhythm Fusion on the return. In Pescadero, one of our favorite small towns, we dined at Duarte's Tavern, a local classic, and visited Phipps Ranch and Harley Farms goat cheese dairy for local provender. Also several hikes in the vicinity, including checking on the condition of one trail we had helped build several years ago.
This is a warmup for a longer trip in late September and early October. Travel blogging may occur, depending on the availability of campground and Internet cafe access in certain parts of California and Oregon.