The California coast offers an alluring escape -- beautiful views, ocean breezes, fresh seafood, and adventurous water sports. And while braving a maverick wave on a surfboard isn't everyone's idea of fun, thanks to the revival of a much more relaxing Hawaiian pastime, now everyone can surf the sea.
California's rugged, coast-hugging Highway One evokes many images, most of which involve sun, surf, and sand. But on my most recent coastal excursion, I detoured away from the tempting blue Pacific and headed inland.
If anyone has the inside scoop on what to do with kids near the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, it's Janice Pratt -- she and her family live there! Janice and her husband, hostel manager Christopher Bauman, run the place (with a little extra "help" here and there from their two daughters, ages 6 and 9).
Staff at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel were amongst dozens who gathered for a Step It Up action event on Montara State Beach on April 14. During this National Day of Climate Action, citizens concerned about the catastrophic effects of global warming rallied together at more than 1,000 events across the country, to urge Congress to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. The events were part of the Step It Up campaign, the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in our nation's history.