More Photos from our Purisima Creek Hike

For the last two Monochrome Madness Challenges I have submitted photos from our hike on Veterans Day in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve on the San Mateo coast just south of Half Moon Bay. Here are some more photos from that hike, all in color.


The redwoods of Purisima Creek.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.


We encountered ferns galore and other trees besides redwoods along the trail.


My granddaughters Claire (8) and Sophie (10) on the trail.

I submitted a black and white photo of the trail for Monochrome Madness 3-31. Here is the color version:


The color version of my entry for MM 3-31.

And, in case you missed it, here is the color version of the photo I submitted for Monochrome Madness 3-32:


The color version of my entry for MM 3-32.


Purisima Creek.


A typical trail scene.


The trail climbs up a western slope of the Santa Cruz mountains. The preserve lies between Skyline Blvd (Highway 35) and the California Coast Highway (Highway One).

After about three miles we came upon a trail junction. The Purisima Creek trail continued up the hill to the right and the Britton trail winded down on the left. My daughter knew there was a bench around a bend just a few minutes away and so there was. Unfortunately, it was already occupied but the couple told us that they would be through in about ten minutes. So we walked on for five more minutes and then turned around and walked back to the bench and had our picnic lunch.


My son-in-law Brian points out the plaque on the bench where we had our picnic lunch. Craig Britton managed the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for 30 years. Both the bench and the trail are named after him.


My granddaughter Claire has been taking ballet lessons for the last couple of years and she just decided to practice some of her dance steps on this trail clearing. Next month she will be performing in her community’s production of Nutcracker.


A California gray squirrel enjoying his afternoon snack. My granddaughter Claire named him Bob.


We came across many banana slugs on our hike. We also saw several newts.

After our hike we stopped at the Baskin & Robbins in Half Moon Bay for an ice cream treat. I chose the first class camouflage flavor in honor of Veterans Day.


My granddaughters enjoyed their ice cream at Baskin & Robbins.


My daughter Debbie and son-in-law Brian enjoyed their treats, too.

After our ice cream treat we headed back across the bay. Too bad Highway 92 is such a bottleneck. We crawled all the way home!

My two daughters and four grandkids took good care of me while my wife was away visiting relatives in Guam. She’s back now, just in time for our annual Thanksgiving celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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1 Response to More Photos from our Purisima Creek Hike

  1. mvschulze says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. It was nice meeting them here. One of our granddaughters, Lily (5,) also is to perform in the Nutcracker this season. Marty, Jeanne and Sandy Paws. 🙂

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