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So I headed for the coast looking for some cool breeze.

On the way I decided to check on a new Midpeninsula Open Space park that has been in the works for a while. Sure enough it was open and no one was there.

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A little more reading and it is called Russian Ridge something or other.....

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A little closer look and there is nothing here for me. Everything I want to do is forbidden!

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And if Mountain Lions and rattle snakes and poison oak weren't bad enough -- suffice it to say you have been warned!

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I finally make it to Pescadero State Beach. It is small and rocky but for some reason I really like it. Looking north.

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Looking west......
 

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Looking west....

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And looking south

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Going south on Hwy 1 I came to Davenport. There are pilings in the water where they used to load cement on ships. This is all that is left.....

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A quick trip into Santa Cruz to check out the surf at Steamers Lane -- and there wasn't any.....

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So I took a picture of a monument dedicated to surfers....

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And a sign behind the surfer dude warning people to be careful around cliffs....
 

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And a sign behind the surfer dude warning people to be careful around cliffs.....DUH!......

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I forgot the "Dude Plaque".

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And a picture of the Wharf and Boardwalk.

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It was a beautiful day on the coast. Slam dunk perfect. I put 120 miles on the TW and took a lot of video but honestly 99% of it is mind numbingly boring and I am searching for the 1% I want to share. If I find it I will add it later. Tony
 

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Sounds like a good day's ride. Ever visit the little 2 acre lake where Page Mill/Alpine Road crosses Skyline? Cute little park now, was undeveloped in my youth when I would skinny dip with the schoolgirls from Castellea. Good for a nice walk now, stretch the legs.
 

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Ever visit the little 2 acre lake where Page Mill/Alpine Road crosses Skyline? Cute little park now, was undeveloped in my youth when I would skinny dip with the schoolgirls from Castellea.
I know the pond you mean. I don't think I would have skinny dipped in it and the girls of Castilleja never talked to me.......

However Alpine Road from Portola Valley to Page Mill Rd. was a blast if it were raining hard and you had a 4X4.
 

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tony,
you find the best rides in the area! when we head to the coast we always head to davenport, not good for swimming, but always less crowded.

fred,
i think i know that swamp you speak of... i've swam in worse for girls. ;)
 

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My aunt lives in Santa Cruz, My wife and I visited for our honeymoon. Beautiful place! while we where at steamers lane there were a lot of surfers and whales!! Awesome scenery.
 

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Joe, I went to a all boy's school so a little swamp water was nothing if it meant getting close to a real live naked girl . Innocent yet thrilling, educational too. Wow, girls!
 

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Menlo School and College for spoiled kids, it is co-ed now. Full of frustrated adolescents when I attended, we were locked up during hight of the "sexual revolution" and could only take field trips to Haight-Asbury to try to see no-bra hippie chicks and long haired dudes smoking banana peels.
 

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Let me guess: St Francis, Bellermine, or the one Tom Brady went to, Serra????? I forget what it is called.
don't forget shitty mitty, it was boys only back then... i went to the best of that bunch. go bells, lance the lancers!
 

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The warning about weed gets me. Instead of sending in our peace keepers, it is better to keep the tax payers out of the parks and let the dope cartels carry on with impunity. You have to wonder if our government isn't on their payroll also.
 
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