Half Moon Bay Day Trip - Bluff Walk, Chocolate Tasting and Pumpkin Picking

Please note: This trip is full so there is a waitlist. If you are interested in this trip, we encourage you to register but do not make payment. If enough people sign up for the waitlist, we will schedule a second trip. Thank you.


Date and Time: Thursday September 30, 2021 from 9:00 AM (departure) to 4:30 PM (return)
Meeting Location: Cupertino CA
Fee: $120 per person for Premium Members, $130 per person for Basic Members and $145 per person for non–members. Fee includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, chocolate and wine tasting, glass blowing demo, all gratuities and two tour leaders.

How to Register: Space is limited so reserve your spot early! Please register using the REGISTER button at the end of the page.
If you have any questions, please email us at share@bayareaolderadults.org

ITINERARY

Please note:

  • The bus driver and tour guides are fully vaccinated.
  • The bus is disinfected before use.
  • Everyone must wear masks.


Leisurely Walk from Pillar Point Harbor to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve


We head to picturesque Pillar Point Harbor, one of the safest harbors in the United States due to its inner and outer breakwaters built in 1959. It is a major commercial and sport fishing harbor. As we walk along one mile of the west shoreline access trail to the outer breakwater, we stop for views of the colorful boats moored in the harbor and docks, the wetlands and ocean. Pillar Point Harbor

We continue on two additional miles of trails along Pillar Point Bluff, heading north to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. In total, this is a three mile, easy-to-moderate walk along mainly dirt trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Along this rugged coastline, we will feel cool breezes as we pass Ross’ Cove, Wahleman Harbor, Frenchman’s Reef and Seal Cove on our way to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Ross' Cove

We may see wrentits and wrens in the coastal shrub, Cooper’s hawks and white-tailed kites flying overhead, and brown pelicans, Brandt’s cormorants, and harbor seals resting and sunning themselves on rocks off the cliffs. Group of Harbor Seals

We reach the marine reserve’s Bluff trail, pass by Seal Cove, through a century-old Monterey cypress grove and take in more views of the rocky shoreline. Cypress Grove at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve


Picnic Lunch & Chocolate Tasting


After getting some fresh air and exercise, we take a break for a picnic lunch and chocolate tasting. We will learn about the history and science of chocolate before tasting five different single origin, small batch, craft chocolates made from 68-80% cacao sourced from around the world such as Vietnam, Ecuador, India, Madagascar and Uganda. We finish our chocolate sensation with a complementary dessert wine tasting. Artisan Dark Chocolate Tasting


Explore James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tidepools


After lunch, we will have time to explore kelp cove and Nye’s rocks for orange starfish and hermit crabs, green chiton and anemones, purple sea urchins, harbor seals and sea cove fault rocks with fossils.

Tidepooling at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve


Glass and Vegetable Halloween Pumpkins


Our next stop is La Nebbia Winery. It is only a month away from Halloween so the rest of the afternoon is focused on pumpkins. You will have a choice to visit a local glass blower, pick pumpkins in their pumpkin patch or both if you are efficient. We will be split into two groups for these two activities. For those who choose to learn about glass blowing, we will visit Doug's studio where he will show us how he makes his glass pumpkins and other brilliant and colorful pieces. He has a variety of ornaments and jellyfish lamps for sale. Your second choice is wandering around the pumpkin patch to find your perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Halloween Pumpkins

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