There is no getting away from it. The Californian coastline is stunning. Think Cornwall or Pembrokeshire on a monumental scale. Cliffs, sandy beaches, blue skies, pelicans, rocks.
And fog. Where we live is in a sunny part of San Francisco. We do get fog and now is fog season. But it usually lifts in the morning and doesn't come back until the evening. We can see it settled on Twin Peaks, obscuring Sutro Tower from view but it doesn't often drift down the hill during the day. On Sunday however we were driving north over the Golden Gate Bridge and up the coast to Stinson. The bridge itself was almost invisible. We couldn't see the tops of those famous arches even when driving right underneath. We were entirely surrounded by fog. The drive up 101 and then onto Highway 1 was mostly foggy with occasional glimpses of stunning landscapes - the bay and then the coast. Highway 1 at this point is an incredibly sick-making winding road, skirting around cliffs - which we couldn't see, just sense - past Muir Woods and on down the coast until you reach Stinson.
When we first arrived there was some kind of martial arts display or class going on, first on the sand and then in the sea. Which seemed a bit unnecessary. There is a gorgeous beach, some outrageously expensive housing and some rather chic shops. That's about it. All tucked between beautiful steep hills and a sandy beach.
Great Whites. Wow.