Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Just south of San Francisco, Candlestick point offers beautiful views of the bay, and plenty of space for picnics and gatherings. On our trip there, we witnessed a dramatic scene as a red-tailed hawk hunted a small snake.

link: Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Official Site

Moss Landing State Beach

Moss Landing State Beach marks the border between the Pacific Ocean and Elkhorn Slough. This unusual ecosystem of brackish water (where fresh water meets the sea) is home to countless birds, seals, sea lions, and of course the sea otters, especially during the migration seasons. Many of these photos are from within the slough itself, and many are from the beach.

link: Moss Landing State Beach Official Site