Iconic Lighthouse & Dramatic Coastal Vistas Day Trip

Date and Time: Monday June 17, 2024 from 9:30 AM (departure) to 6:00 PM (return)
Meeting Location: Saratoga CA 95070
Fee: $140 per person for Premium Members, $150 per person for Basic Members and $160 per person for non–members. Fee includes transportation, lunch, activities, gratuities and two tour leaders.

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Scenic Cloverdale Ranch Preserve Walk

We begin our day with two-mile walk at a new preserve called Cloverdale Ranch Preserve on the San Mateo coast. This stretch of 6,700-acres of land was protected by POST. We will travel 250 ft over one mile to a lookout point with incredible views of the ocean, coastline, Año Nuevo Island and Pigeon Point lighthouse and a fresh coastal breeze. Along the way, we pass through grassland and coastal shrubs such as coyote bush, sticky monkeyflower and California coffeeberry. We will learn about the rich agricultural history of this land, its preservation and restoration, and endangered species the land protects. Views from Cloverdale Ranch Preserve, image by Anne Ferguson

Smorgasbord Lunch by the Rocky Shore

For lunch, we stop at Pigeon Point picnic tables with views of the ocean and lighthouse. We enjoy an assortment of hors d'oeuvres such as quiche, pasta, meatballs, stuffed grape leaves, fruit and dessert. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options. Pigeon Point Lighthouse & Picnic Area, images by Anne Ferguson and Frank Schulenburg CC BY-SA 4.0

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park Tour

Perched on a cliff is the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America. Its five-wick lard oil lamp, and first-order Fresnel lens, comprised of 1,008 prisms, which was first lit at sunset, November 15, 1872. After lunch, we take an expert-guided one hour tour of the historic park grounds including the lookout where you can see harbor seals on the rocks just off the shore, and learn about the shipwreck stories and other history. We will tour the visitor center where the lens stands at 16 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter, and weighs 2,000 pounds and learn about the French physicist who invented this lens. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using an automated LED beacon.

Ice Cream by the Beach

Next we head to Seacliff to visit a homemade ice cream shop called Marianne's that opened in 1947 and named for the owners daughters - Mary-Lee and Annie. You will have a choice of 105 flavors from snickerdoodle to banana almond fudge to strawberry cheesecake in the form of a single or double scoop or sundae. There are plenty of park benches with views of the ocean to enjoy while we savor the flavors. Do you know why ice cream is so bad at tennis? It has a soft serve. Marianne's 105 Ice Cream Flavors

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