The tide is out, and all sorts of strange marine items are exposed, including a sunken sailboat in the distance, a rusted out barge and a smattering of dock pile stubs. At Bay Beach along the Bay Trail following Beach Park Blvd in Foster City, pieces of an old wooden structure lay on the shell mound beach. Was this from an old dock, or maybe a chunk of the original San Mateo Bridge span? Whatever it is, be careful not to graze against its protruding rusted hardware.
Grab a coffee, taste wine or sip some tea at the shops in Pacifica’s Rockaway Beach area. If you need more sustenance, order a crab sandwich at Nick’s or fish and chips from the Moonraker’s lunch truck. After watching the ocean waves roll in, take a walk up the trail behind Nick’s. This photo was taken on the switchbacks that lead up and over the hill and into the San Pedro Valley. On the other side of the hill, you’ll find Pacifica State Beach and the “World’s Most Beautiful” Taco Bell.
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Tucked away behind the Electronic Arts, aka EA office building in Redwood Shores is this labyrinth. Meant to help office workers destress during their breaks, the gravel path weaves in, out and around itself. If you make it to the middle before its time to go back to work, you are rewarded with a snail statue greeting right in the center of it all. This green space between office buildings is a great place to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and the labyrinth is a fun way to coax you into exercise.
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Several years ago, before I knew the Peninsula very well, I had a temp job in Redwood Shores that I drove to from the East Bay. While I manned the front desk of a web photo product company, I wondered where the trails along the shoreline went. I remember a few employees biked the trails to and from work or took a jog during their lunch break. Now that I’ve been living on this side of the Peninsula for so many years, I decided a few weeks ago to relocate the shore access and try the trail myself.
We took Marine Parkway and a left onto Bridge Parkway to follow the Belmont Slough and picked up a section of the Bay Trail to explore. Marsh grasses, salt ponds with shorebirds, crunchy gravel paths, and bay water lapping against muddy embankments reinvigorate visitors seeking to connect with nature.