Walking at Doran Beach & Birdwalk

We often visit Doran Beach. It’s an easy sand walk when the tide is low and the rhythm of the ocean is calming and exciting. I took these pictures last Saturday on a busy day with many people, dogs and equipment for land and water. We walked and then… We hunkered down in the dunes forContinue reading “Walking at Doran Beach & Birdwalk”

Sunday’s Revisit: Everything’s Right at Wright’s

This post is from May 2010, but I’m very into spring and there’s no place like the bluffs between Wright’s Beach and Furlong Gulch for some beautiful wildflowers. Wrights Beach is downhill to the left after turning off of Hwy 1 north of Bodega Bay. There’s camping and miles of beach. This is part ofContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Everything’s Right at Wright’s”

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”

Sunday’s Revisit: Bodega Head-Whales, Rocks & Flowers

Going to the ocean is always my first choice. This post is from March 2010. Want to get to a parking lot where you can watch migrating whales? Or see the surf pound against crevassed rock? Or walk a trail with scenic ocean and coastal views? With wildflowers at your feet? Follow the signs toContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Bodega Head-Whales, Rocks & Flowers”

Stornetta in Spring

Stornetta Public Lands opened to the public last year and we made a visit last summer. But it is spring and we wanted to see how the wildflowers were doing. Coastal iris had already been noticeable in many large clumps. Of course, the other main reason to visit is a spectacular ocean up against andContinue reading “Stornetta in Spring”

Walking into History at Fort Ross

Sunday, the ocean was calm – hardly a breeze – truly pacific. We made our way up the winding Hwy 1 to Fort Ross. In addition to the new construction at the Fort and new places seen – the Call House was open and the Russian Cemetery was easily found – we had a marvelousContinue reading “Walking into History at Fort Ross”

Walking at Goat Rock

Goat Rock and the rest of Kortum Trail. Just south of the Russian River and the town of Jenner, CA is access to Goat Rock part of the Sonoma Coast State Park. The beach, with soft sand and a steep slope, does not make for ideal walking. But it is worth a visit. Last weekContinue reading “Walking at Goat Rock”

Walking at Bodega Bay

Many of you know that I love to walk at the coast. The State of California improved some trails and created  new ones at Bodega Head and then closed them due to budget cuts. However, the need is high for trails both of beauty and safety. I am happy to share this article by VestaContinue reading “Walking at Bodega Bay”

A Walk at a Secret Garden

North of Jenner, CA along Highway 1 are several pullouts. In some places, there’s an overlook to the harbor seals sprawled on the beach near the mouth of the Russian River. (Sometimes, the mouth is closed.) In some places, there are closed access points to the State Parks. (Why? I don’t know, but makes meContinue reading “A Walk at a Secret Garden”