Pigeon Point

Yesterday I had a couple of meetings up in Half Moon Bay. So with our beaufitul winter weather, I decided to ride the 50 miles up the coast. It was ‘california cold’ for the ride up but overall a really nice morning. The ride home was much warmer and I was able to avoid any speeding tickets which I was happy about. I stopped by Pigeon Point and took a couple of HDR pictures. I’m not sure which I liked better the ocean or the green winter grass…

The story of how Pigeon Point got its name. Wikipedia: “On June 6, 1853 the clipper was sighted at Santa Cruz, California. San Francisco is located only about seventy nautical miles north of Santa Cruz. The cool California Current offshore, enhanced by upwelling of cold sub-surface waters, often creates summer fog near the coast, and June 6, 1853 was no exception. As night approached, so did the fog. The Captain of the Carrier Pigeon, Azariah Doane, believed that the ship was far from shore, and so he gave the order to sail eastward toward the shore. In few minutes the clipper hit the rocky bottom. Heavy waves rocked the helpless clipper from side to side. The hull was opened to the incoming tide. After seven feet of cold Pacific water rushed into the ship, the captain and the crew had just a few moments to escape with their lives. Because the ship was wrecked only 500 feet (152 meters) from shore, all the members of the crew were able to reach the shore safely.”

Pigeon Point

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