Mixed in with the drop-dead gorgeous beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a subtlety to this part of California.
San Francisco and San Mateo counties have moderate temperatures due to the influence of the adjacent Pacific Ocean which keeps us cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the inland counties of California. This allows us to get outdoors and play year round. However, sometime I hear people say, "I miss the changing seasons" and I hear a yearning in their voices.
We do have changing seasons here, more subtle perhaps, but lovely. You feel it in the air; the harsh summer sun has a more gentle quality--it feels like a friend as you relax under its rays. You see it on open hillsides and in gardens--the trees are dropping leaves, the leaves change colors, the brown grasslands are bleached almost white, waiting for the rains to come. And surely the much-needed rains will come again.
If you're living in the San Francisco Bay Area, you know why you chose to live here. And if you're missing the changing seasons, I invite you to step outside, visit one of the many county or state parks or one our the Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space lands.
Take a look - you'll see the changing seasons.