Ocean Beach ain't got nothing on Aussie beaches
One very vast difference between SF and home is the beach.
It was a quiet day at the beach because it was so bloody cold. You can see by the photos that we were all rugged up but we felt like getting some nice fresh air for awhile so a walk along the beach it was. The first thing you notice is the colour of the sand. Brown, black and grey. It's hardly like the sand we know on our beautiful Queensland beaches. With absolutely no disrespect intended, it was like walking on dirt. The scenery is still lovely but being so cold and bleak, really made it a weird experience. The cloud formations were fantastic. The surf was small but there were a few diehards out there surfing in full wetsuits. It would have been very cold in the water and probably even colder coming out of the water.
A cold and grey day
Great cloud formations
We walked for a couple of kilometres but our feet were getting cold just from the temperture of the cold sand so we turned around and headed back towards the car. The area surrounding the beach is called Outer Sunset. It's a quiet little place with not terribly grand buildings. More like little houses in rows all attached together. It felt kind of sleepy on the day we were there as it was so quiet. There are a few interesting shops and cafes around. We walked a reasonable way up and around and grabbed a coffee at this place.
A tiny hole in the wall with great coffee.
There was an interesting shop almost next door called "The General Store". It's full of all kinds of artisan items mostly made locally, along with books and clothing. Out the back is the most amazing little sitting area. It was almost like something out of the old west. Very interesting things to look at. We sat in the sun for a little while and absorbed the atmosphere. It was like being in another world entirely.
A nice quiet morning spent discovering new things.
It had a distinctive feel about the place, a bit hard to describe, and not really like anything we would come across near our Aussie beaches.