A Rejuvenating Walk at Moonstone Beach

Santa Rosa Creek Watershed Near Moonstone Beach Entrance

We drove to Moonstone Beach in Cambria one January day in 2014. We needed a change of pace before facing a busy week full of challenging jobs. I needed to walk and so did my husband, but I wanted to see something besides oak forests on this day. Fussy, aren’t I?

We left about noon and parked near the restroom. Then I went down to shoot some seagull photos on the Santa Rosa Creek Watershed, which is on the beach. The birds tend to use it as an airport. Then we took off up the boardwalk beside the beach. Kosta got ahead of me because I kept stopping to take pictures. I couldn’t help myself. It has been hard choosing just a few of the over 200 to share with you.

 

 Santa Rita Creek, © B. Radisavljevic
Santa Rita Creek, © B. Radisavljevic

Sights from the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk

The intro photo at the top is a typical scene of the waves breaking. The waves and sky were gorgeous on this day. Wish I could have made one long video of the walk, since everything was tempting my camera to shoot it. The people in the photo below are walking the same boardwalk I did.

People Walking Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach,  © B. Radisavljevic
People Walking Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach

I spent way too much time watching about five people trying to catch waves and surf in. Most of the time they were just paddling about with their surfboards. I did manage to shoot a couple of photos of the surfers actually riding a wave in, but it took several minutes between successful shots.

Surfer at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Surfer at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

Most people, like these below, were walking or playing on the beach.

People Enjoying Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
People Enjoying Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

There were a lot of odd things on the beach, like this strange piece of driftwood.

Driftwood on Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Driftwood on Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

When you walk along the beach, you need a proper hat to keep the sun from your face. Tilley makes a travel hat that will last a lifetime without wearing out. It protects you from the sun by blocking 98% of harmful UVA and UVB radiation and is also certified UPF 50+. Since it can tie on, you won’t lose it on those windy days on the beach or anywhere else. I like that it has a small secret pocket for keys or other small essentials.  If you need to pack it, it’s crushable. It’s not the cheapest hat available, but it’s one of the best. You can’t go wrong with a Tilley hat. Yes, Amazon also has this hat, but the price difference is only about five cents as I write this.



The Tide Pools and Beyond

Below is the stairway to the tide pools. Naturally, I was not dumb enough to go down there and take a chance on slipping on a rock or getting caught by a wave. Right? Wrong.

Stairs to Tidepools on Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Stairs to Tide Pools on Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

Below is one of the several shots I took while down in the tide pools. I did not see any really interesting creatures because the tide was getting a bit too close to me and I really did not want to get wet. I was already sloshing around in very wet sand. And the rocks really were too slippery for me to be taking foolish chances of tumbling, considering that it was especially dangerous for me to have falls.

Tide Pools at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Tide Pools at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

Below you can see that the sky was almost as magnificent as the sea. It looked bluer off in the other direction when the sun did not dilute it as much as over the sea, but I wanted the ocean in this photo, too.

Sky Over Sea at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Sky Over Sea at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

As I continued along the boardwalk, I met this little ground squirrel. I got several shots, but I liked this one best.

Ground Squirrel at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Ground Squirrel at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

 

Photos of Highway 46 West on the Way Home, and Sunset

I took several shots along the highway on the way home. Here is one of them. From this viewpoint, you can see all the way to the ocean on a clear day. The rolling hills are typical, though you see more trees as you continue east to Templeton.

View from Hwy 46 West a Few Miles East of Hwy 1, © B. Radisavljevic
View from Hwy 46 West a Few Miles East of Hwy 1, © B. Radisavljevic

When I got home, I put my camera on to charge after uploading my photos, and then was going to leave to do an errand. The sunset was gorgeous here at home. I can only imagine what it would have been like had I stayed on the beach until sundown.  I used a camera that was not charging to take a few sunset shots from my back yard. I decided to share this pastel one with you since it marked the end of a peaceful and rejuvenating day

Pastel Sunset in Templeton CA, © B. Radisavljevic
Pastel Sunset in Templeton CA, © B. Radisavljevic

 

Perhaps you can see why Moonstone Beach is one of my favorite local retreats.

We visit it several times a year, especially during heat waves. During these visits, I have taken hundreds of pictures and shot a few videos. You can see most of them in one place on my article on HubPages, Exploring Moonstone Beach in Cambria

 Friendship or Love Card: Private Bench by Ocean Card

 

 

 

I have many products in my Zazzle Barb’s California Card and Gift Gallery store created with photos of Moonstone Beach. These just a sample. From greeting cards and stickers to electronic cases and water bottles, there is a good selection. For even more Moonstone Beach scenes search all of Zazzle for Moonstone Beach

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 Surfer at Moonstone Beach, Cambria iPhone SE/5/5s Case iPad Mini Case: Waves Hit Rocks at Moonstone Beach Case For The iPad Mini Surfer at Moonstone Beach, Cambria Wrapping Paper

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What is your favorite local retreat when you want to relax or just get away not too far from home?

 

This post was originally published on BlogJob on November, 26, 2015, and then moved here and updated. This is why you see comments dated earlier than the publication date of this post.

10 thoughts on “A Rejuvenating Walk at Moonstone Beach

    • July 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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      Thank you, Lejla. I wish I could take you to Moonstone Beach and show it to you in person.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 9:08 am
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    I would love to visit your beaches, Here in the gulf of Mexico the sands are white and there are not many rocks. AWESOME photos!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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      Thank you, Andria. WE have sandy beaches in California, too, but this section of our central coast is rocky. Both are nice.

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  • July 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm
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    Great snaps, thanks for sharing. Saved me airfare.

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    • July 3, 2016 at 6:02 am
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      You should still come. The journey has just begun. Thanks for visiting.

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  • July 3, 2016 at 5:38 am
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    Moonstone beach is my favorite place…. I’m instantly healed when I’m there

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    • July 3, 2016 at 6:04 am
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      It usually cures whatever ails me, too. One day I was totally burned out and couldn’t write at all. A trip to Moonstone Beach cured my writer’s block.Thanks for visiting.

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    • July 7, 2016 at 12:40 am
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      I wish I were there, too, Kyla.

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