48 Hours of North Coast Bliss

California, Travel

I had Glass Beach on my list of California must-see for a while, so I decided booked us a hotel in Fort Bragg! We drove up early Saturday morning, and headed straight for Russian Gulch State Park for a hike.

If you know me, hiking up a mountain to a waterfall is so gratifying. The sound of the rushing waterfall is one of my most favorite things. We hiked about 7 miles out and back on the Fern Canyon Trail.

It was much more lush and green than the Bay Area, the ferns and moss covered rocks were absolutely beautiful.

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We headed to the other side of the park where it meets the ocean – incredible! Once again there are no words for the California coastal blues. Just pure magic.

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Our hotel was nearby in Fort Bragg, so we continued up Highway 1 and settled in at the Sand and Surf Lodge right around 4pm when the sun shines in so beautifully, our room faced the ocean – it was great treat! This was our view!

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I was in hurry to get to Glass Beach and it was perfect timing for sunset, we grabbed our camera and wandered our way about a mile or so and found heaven.

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If you are ever near Northern California, I highly recommended stopping here! People in the 30s and 40s use to throw their trash here and they way the currents move it brings it back to this same spot. Really fascinating!

Watching the sunset here ranks in my top of my life’s most treasured moments.

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We found ourselves at North Coast Brewing Company Taproom where we had a lovely seafood dinner. The next day we got up early and took Bayla for a walk along the coast, and ended back up at Glass Beach, I wanted to do some more beach combing! It was around 9am the the tides were low, I spotted a red shell on the ground and got to grab it and realize it was what I had been looking for – a beautiful abalone shell! I was ecstatic!

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It was a quick trip, so we packed up and headed to brunch at Eggheads – highly recommended, the food was amazing! We wandered around the shops in downtown and picked up some goodies at Mendocino Chocolate Company. Our last stop was another one of my favorite things, lighthouses!

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse lies south of Fort Bragg and about a mile north of Mendocino. It was about a mile walk along the costal bluffs. It was early afternoon and very few people were out, it was a peaceful walk. The majestic red roof against the blue water was so stark and stunning.

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Sometimes you need to escape far from Silicon Valley. Looking for a beautiful, serene and absolutely stunning place? Drive 4 hours north to find the tiny quaint coastal towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg – you will not be disappointed! Nature is always the best refresh for the soul.

Take Care,

Lucia

 

McWay Falls

California, Travel

“Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and LAUGH…”   

We had some visitors in town from DC. We decided to get them away from the city life and reconnect with nature. We took a trip down to the California coast to show them the magic that is Big Sur. If you only have one day to spend in Big Sur, I recommened heading to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which has the breathtaking McWay Falls and also redwoods and canyon hiking with ocean views – all which make up the Big Sur experience. We took the Ewoldsen Trail, a 4.5 loop that first traversed cool and shady scrub underbrush. I loved how the light beams through the magesitc redwood canopy.

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After the hike, we ventured down a 1/2 mile path to see McWay Falls, an 80ft waterfall that drops into the ocean. It’s so beautiful from every angle. The colors of the water are the truest shades of turquoise you will ever see. It is hard not to be entranced my the vibrant water, salty air, serene simplicity. I could really just sit and watch the ocean all day here.

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We stopped to eat at Nepenthe, our all time favorite place with the most remarkable lunchtime views.

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Take Care, Lucia

P.s – You won’t remember that weekend spent watching Netflix – go climb that mountain. Never stop exploring!

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