State Route 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard, is a 54-mile road that runs through an escarpment of hills that make up the Santa Cruz Mountains. Located in the San Francisco Peninsula, this ridge of luscious green, separates the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Clara Valley and provides the backdrop for a most mystifying sight.
The other day, when I was driving back from Half Moon Bay I decided to pull off the freeway onto a vista point, where I could watch the sun set behind the hilly horizon. I had the perfect view.
This evening, I was able to witness a special moment that sometimes occurs over the Santa Cruz Mountains, which is the sweeping fog that rolls over Skyline Boulevard. The few times I have seen this fog have been at the suns most significant points of the day; sunrise and sunset. It is an incredibly captivating and serene sight that can often be seen for miles along the range. Caused by winds and the movement of ocean water, a marine layer is developed which creates fog. When it’s nudged over the hills it snakes down a forest of Redwood trees.
Coming from Maple, Ontario where the general landscape of surrounding areas is pretty much flat, this high and hilly landscape is a delight to be by. There is a sense of comfort being cushioned by a gradient of green and it was the perfect pause to take on my journey home.