Napa Valley (sigh) to Pigeon Point Hostel! Wow.
Trip Start Jun 13, 2010
19Trip End Jun 30, 2010
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We took our time getting things packed up at Skyline this morning, as this is the last time we’ll be packing up the tent and the blow up mattress. I’ll miss it, I think, although perhaps not quite enough to just pitch them in our backyard in the next little while. The little tent has been just fine – on the two nights we had droplets of rain it was at night, and with very few bugs on our travels we were more than willing to spend our time outside doing things and inside sleeping. So, a tent that was almost exactly the size of the air mattress turned out to be just right!
So, we packed up our things, took a nice shower, and then headed out
No dice. It was a housing development. Now it is true that someone in this rather ritzy batch of houses could well have a micro-winery in the basement, but we doubted that. Thumbs down.
So, we decided if we couldn’t find our bargain winery, we’d try to find a bargain before heading out. At the Napa Valley factory outlet we found just that, at the Gap. We’re not your traditional Gap shoppers, but when things are 80% off, that tends to change our minds a little. Chris got a very cool shirt and I bought a strapless turquoise dress. Mariposa Folk Festival, we are ready.
We then had some wraps in the parking lot and took off down the coast. What a beautiful day for it. The fog had burned off and we headed across the Bay Bridge, paying our toll on the way. The toll signs are very confusing… are they on or not? After failing to be stopped for a toll on the Golden Gate bridge – when signs indicated that was likely – we were a bit confused
Anyway, we headed down the coast to Pigeon Point. Wow. San Franciscans are out in full force on the beaches today, a Sunday. Everywhere is packed. The surfers are having a blast, it would seem. We consider surfing and decide we’ll do it later, perhaps in Hawaii? We’ve both done it before in much warmer waters… Sounds good to me!
En route to Pigeon Point we stop at the famed Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. This is totally worth a stop. We enjoyed a wonderful view of the Bay, a fun beverage, and a platter of local seafood. Good times.
It was time to get to this much-lauded hostel. We couldn’t believe when we saw it in the distance. Wow. Again, impossible to put into words. The hostel itself is a series of cabins adjacent to the Pigeon Point lighthouse. We got there, unloaded our bags so that we could do the final repack before San Fran, and then had a nap. We got up just before the sunset to wander the grounds a bit, and try to find the famous hot tub. We had signed up for just after sunset, but we weren’t entirely sure where it was!
We cooked a quick hostel dinner – we’re finishing up leftover food now – and watched one of the most amazing sunsets of the trip. The sun, engulfed by clouds, set a few inches above the seawater horizon. It was very cool indeed.
All of this was a bit offset by the fact that we were sharing the hostel building with a family that had booked out the remainder of that building (other than our private room)
But it was time for the hot tub. Beautiful. We rented it out for an hour and it was the perfect time. The sun had just set, we could smell and hear and almost-see the ocean crashing around us, and it was just such an escape. This is our last night coasting, and tomorrow we enter the urban insanity of San Fran, so this was the way to finish things up.
This hostel was gorgeous. #8? I can’t wait to check out #s 1-7! Phenomenal.