Thank You for Your Cypress

Over the weekend, Cindy and I enjoyed our first hike together since… well, we don’t need to revisit that, right? (If you missed it, you can catch up at this post.)

We hiked the bluffs over a Marine Reserve near Moss Beach:

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Sign

Quick quiz. Can you identify everything the sign forbids?

(Better hurry, because here come the answers. No points for late papers.)

Answers:

  1. Cancer Sticks
  2. Old Yeller (and all other Yellers)
  3. Drones and/or Crazy Hats
  4. Yanking fish comedians off the stage
  5. The most-excellent blog, Campfire Tales
  6. Tents and/or Puritanical Crazy Hats

Okay moving on to the hike casual stroll. Check out these majestic trees, perfectly lined up like soldiers!

(Could that be why they call this place a “marine reserve”? Sorry… I couldn’t resist.)

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Cypress Grove_1

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Cypress Grove_2

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Cypress Grove_3

Cindy noticed the tags in the trees below. (Can you spot them too?) Were they from target practice?

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Cypress Grove_Marked Trees_1

The trees are numbered! Just like the days of our lives. (What, too dark?)

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Cypress Grove_Marked Trees_3

For those so inclined, there’s a beach below one end of the bluff where this cypress grove stands.

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_View from Bluff_1

Not for me. Too many stairs! Sand in my shoes!

Exploring tide pools is allowed at the other end, but two things prevented my visiting them. 1. I’m a rule follower.

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_View from Bluff_2

(Editor’s Note: There IS another entrance. Remember the sign? Look behind it.)

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve_Tidepool Entrance

2. This is the only type of encounter with marine life that I truly enjoy:

Fish and Chips

(From Barbara’s Fishtrap in Princeton by the Sea, with a Half Moon Bay address)

Park website:

http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.org/newffmrsite/

Oh! One final quiz: Who was James V. Fitzgerald?

Answer (per Wikipedia): Former mayor of San Bruno, and a longtime member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

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