Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Coast side of San Mateo County  offers a lush countryside and includes farming communities like Pescadero.  We drove to Pescadero to visit at a goat farm, a new experience for us.  Just getting there was memorable with a scenic drive on Highway One where you pass one pristine beach after another, most with State Park status.
Harley Farms Goat Dairy has been around since 1910 but in recent years has been restored with an historic barn which now includes a meeting room as well as the equipment for making their prize winning cheeses.  Exhibits of cheeses like Garden Chive, Honey Lavender, One year old Feta and Garlic herb Fromage are also there for sale.
We had the opportunity to mingle with some of the 200 alpine goats on the 200 acres, many of them most friendly for petting and photo opts, followed by a tasting of the wonderful cheeses.
It appeared to us  that the opportunities for outdoor activities are limitless in San Mateo County.  We already mentioned the beaches but then there is Pebble Point Harbor with its sport fishing and boating, while just a short distance away Mavericks offering a surf break that now lures surfers from around the world.  The Harbor has been created with both inner and outer breakwaters and is home port to a commercial fishing industry.  In all it can dock some 369 vessels.
 Wunderlich Park is located in the mountains that separate the Pacific Coast from Silicon Valley on the Bay.  Here we took a short hike on a trail that moves through a forest of redwoods, oaks and madrones. Wild animals are abundant and we traded stares with two black tailed deer.  Adjacent is Folger Stable, an historic showplace, still used for horses and also includes a Carriage Museum.  The numerous trails are for both hikers and equestrians.

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