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Only in San Francisco is November the best time to go to the beach

We had a rare day off today, so after watching Arsenal lose to United, and with Beth out for a day of scrapbooking, I decided to toss the kids in the car and take a trip to Rodeo Beach. We love this beach for it's black sand, huge waves (though the water is way too cold to go in), watching surfers, stunning views, and sparse crowds. I'm surprised more people don't go to this beach given it's proximity to the city, but I won't tell anyone.

The weather is so different than we had become accustomed to in Atlanta; it's beautiful EVERY DAY here. No rain, no snow, no ice, no thunder, no lightning, no tornados. NOTHING. BUT. SUNSHINE.

Well, except for the fog. I think today was the first time we've gone to the beach without Karl the Fog. And without Beth. Coincidence??

If I had told Beth and the kids before they moved out here that we would be at the beach in November, they would have told me I was crazy. Though I am a bit crazy.

As I said, the views at the beach are stunning. At the end of the beach looking in this direction, there are always lots of surfers. They get extra big waves in this area because the rock push the waves around into the cove. Around the corner is a lighthouse that we've yet to check out.
Someone took the initiative to build a seesaw on the beach out of a huge railroad tie. It was incredibly heavy and it took quite a while to get the balance just right for the kids. They were dying laughing.
In my haste to get to the beach, I forgot the beach toys, including the buckets and shovels. That didn't stop us from digging huge holes and burying Henry.
Michael and Oscar designed what they were calling sun tanning beds. They dug them into the sand and designed them to block the noise and wind. Pretty creative! I nearly went right to sleep.
Now that Henry is done with soccer and EK's soccer is slowing down a bit, we might have some more weekends at the beach in the near future. It's awesome having the beach only 90 minutes away. Next time, we may hike over the ridge to that lighthouse we saw.

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