Day 93: Puttin’ on the Ritz

Today is Day 93 of the Papa’s Walk Challenge.

My friend, Debbi, and I decided to walk along a section of the 1200 mile California Coastal Trail in Half Moon Bay, California.Ritz Carlton

The section of trail we chose starts at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, a luxury hotel with a golf course and spa. I had never been to the hotel that sits on the bluff above Half Moon Bay with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean (see photo at right). Click Here to see more photos of the elite digs.

After a self-guided tour through the hotel and grounds, we headed north on the California Coastal Trail. It was bright and sunny – and very hot. Shady spots are few and far between on the trail. Frankly, it’s usually overcast and cool on the coast, so we didn’t expect the heat. We wished we had umbrellas.

At one point, we unintentionally veered off trail and wound up on a service road. We found our way back to the trail and passed by a pasture dotted with native California plants. Two horses (one white and one brown) were in the middle of the pasture and when Debbi called to them they sauntered over to the fence to receive some pets. 🙂

We headed back toward the opulent Ritz-Carlton Hotel and a song popped into my head that Papa used to sing, Puttin’ on the Ritz.  It was written by Irving Berlin in 1929.  Click on the link to watch Fred Astaire sing and dance to the song.


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