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

 

Cabo de Pinos National Seashore

California, Local, Travel

The Point Reyes peninsula is a well defined area, geologically separated from the rest of Marin County and almost all of the continental United States by a rift zone of the San Andreas Fault, about half of which is sunk below sea level and forms Tomales Bay. The fact that the peninsula is on a different tectonic plate than the east shore of Tomales Bay produces a difference in soils and therefore to some extent a noticeable difference in vegetation. A Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sighted and named “Cabo de Pinos” (Point Reyes), but missed the entrance to San Francisco Bay, a lapse that mariners would repeat for the next two centuries and more, due to the mass amount of fog that characterizes San Francisco and Marin.

We took a Saturday trip to Point Reyes National Seashore because I always hear about its beauty – and wanted to see it for myself. Luckily, every foggy turn was incredibly vast and purely amazing.

We first stopped at the Cypress Tree Tunnel, who doesn’t love a tunnel of trees?!

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Then made our way down the 308 steps to the lighthouse – WOW!

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The fog and intense winds off the ocean made the infamous cypress tree slant in one direction! We took a short hike to sea lion overlook and saw a few babies on the beach! We also got to see deer, elk, a fox, cows and many different birds! We stopped by the  shipwreck on our way out – what gorgeous sites and interesting fauna and flora this place has to offer! Overall this is a great day trip for anyone – we cannot wait to come back when it is a clear sunny day and maybe spot some whales!

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This place is truly a slice of heaven! Do you have any favorite spots around Point Reyes?

Take Care,

Lucia

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