Inspired by a warm, sunny Autumn day (the kind Californians brag about) and armed with the keys to a rental car, I drove south on Highway 1 for a late afternoon adventure. I stopped at the Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton, just north of Half Moon Bay, and savored the scene on the docks as fishermen sold grateful customers their fresh-caught fish straight off their boats.
White and blue painted fishing boats trimmed with orange rust; three sea lions slipping through the water; a sea otter swimming playful circles around a white buoy;
a clam spitting streams of water out of the sand in rhythm with incoming and outgoing waves;
a cheerful, bright yellow boat named "Sunshine".
Seagull guano; salty seaweed; chunks of cod deep-frying in rice oil.
Salty, creamy chowder loaded with chewy clams, Diet Coke slurped on the beach at sunset;
peppermint, molasses, and green apple salt water taffy.
Seagulls squawking for scraps of bread; customers and fishermen haggling for best fish prices; small recreational planes landing at the nearby airport; boats signaling their arrival in the harbor with their deep horns; sea birds dragging their feet in the water as they took off flying;
17 pound frozen tunas thudding against a metal scale; hoses spraying salt water off of decks; puttering boat motors; fishermen warning each other of the whereabouts of the Fish and Game warden.
Weathered wooden railings held together with rusty nails; woven wire crab traps; rough barnacles clinging to dock pillars; smooth ahi tuna steaks resting on crushed ice; ragged ropes.
For other Five Senses blog posts, see:
Five Senses of Pescadero
Five Senses of Haiti
Five Senses of San Francisco's Presidio
Five Senses of Chinatown
Monday, October 1, 2012
The Five Senses of Pillar Point, Princeton CA
Posted by Melanie Hopson at 8:47 PM
Labels: five senses, Food, Nature, Travel
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