Sunday’s New & Revisit: Salt Point

Making our almost annual visit to Mendocino, we just had to stop at Salt Point. The waves were high and the easy and wheelchair accessible trail has been repaired. Looking north from the parking lot is what alerted me to the trail repair. In a short distance, the road-like trail was fully soggy. And theContinue reading “Sunday’s New & Revisit: Salt Point”

Sunday’s Revisit: North Coast

Here’s a trip from five years ago, but we’re planning another January trip. What will we revisit and what will be new? Not that we spent much time going up the valley, we were anxious to get to Mendocino. We stopped for the obligatory pastry and coffee at the Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg. And onContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: North Coast”

Oregon Coast: Beaches and Boardwalks, Part I

We’d read about some places along the coast and wanted to see the seaside towns across from Salem and Eugene, Oregon. We were continuing south from our visit to Washington. After a peaceful day in Tillamook, we weren’t prepared for the bustle of Lincoln City nor of Newport. There is a flat wide beach atContinue reading “Oregon Coast: Beaches and Boardwalks, Part I”

Walking Whidbey Island

Our destination via ferry from Port Townsend was Whidbey Island. One of many islands in Puget Sound near Seattle. It is 35 miles long, unusually shaped and has a population less than 60 thousand. We were staying with family who had a grand view of the Olympics and the shipping lanes from Seattle, Tacoma andContinue reading “Walking Whidbey Island”

China Camp in Winter

I’ve come to love China Camp State Park for its sounds and sense of peace. The rustle of beach-pebbles pushed gently by the waves of the San Francisco Bay. Footsteps on the boardwalk between the park museum and the brick oven (where shrimp were dried).

All the Way to Half Moon Bay

I know it may seem lame – a half moon in Half Moon Bay. But there it was the morning after a night in Half Moon Bay. The previous day we had stopped at San Pedro Valley Park and Pillar Point. This day started with a tour of town, before breakfast and then a visitContinue reading “All the Way to Half Moon Bay”

Two Walks at Gualala Point

Meanwhile back on Hwy 1 heading to Gualala. After lunch and lounging at Stillwater Cove, we continued north – stopped at Salt Point to check the plumbing (bathroom at coast parking lot still closed.) Access at Fisk Mill is sadly closed. (As of summer of 2014 Fisk Mill is open again!)

Thwarted Walking II – Pomo Canyon

This time the thwarting of a walk wasn’t due to lack of trail, but more because of an excess of chronic diseases and  ill-working joints that struggle on a sharp climb. But we choose to test ourselves from time to time and I had my poles. We’ve loved our hikes on Red Hill and thoughtContinue reading “Thwarted Walking II – Pomo Canyon”

Walk that I Forgot to Write About – Pt Reyes

Like a dead fish on the beach, somehow after last November’s walk at Pt Reyes, I forgot to write about it. We’ve been to Pt Reyes several times over the last few years and I’d been dying to go again. With Mike (the photographer and editor) working the county fair, thought I’d pick up whatContinue reading “Walk that I Forgot to Write About – Pt Reyes”