Crescent City

Crescent City

Crescent City is the last coastal town of any size before crossing the border into Oregon. Its an old fishing town and nobody seems to have much money, but its surrounded by incredible natural beauty….

An Aerial View of Crescent City
Where the Klamath Meets the Sea

Where the Klamath Meets the Sea

260 miles long, The Klamath River begins in Oregon and empties into the Pacific Ocean in Redwood National Park. Christmas week 1964 brought torrential rains to northern California.  The bridge over the Klamath River was…

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Redwood National and State Parks covers over 40 miles of Coastline and  131,000 acres of forests, dunes, ferns, and prairie lands.  Protected and loved, the world’s tallest trees abide here, the majestic Coast Redwoods. We’re…

The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

May, 2016 The Lost Coast is a stretch of northern California coastline that remains almost untouched.  There’s no direct highway access and the roads to it are pitted and rutted, narrow and winding.  We took…

Mosquito Bait on Humboldt Bay Dunes
Where the Flowers Bloom

Where the Flowers Bloom

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” –  Lady Bird Johnson   We’re in the little town of Fortuna, which is about 15 minutes south of  Eureka, California.  We’ve only been here for a week and…

Pygmies, Giants and a Jughandle

Pygmies, Giants and a Jughandle

4/28/16 I was curious how Jughandle State Natural Preserve near Ft. Bragg, CA, gots its name. I thought perhaps the shoreline resembled the shape of a jug handle.  It turns out it was named for…

Spires and Water Towers

Spires and Water Towers

4/16 Masonic Lodge Sculpture Carved from a single Redwood Burl On the pinnacle of the dome there is a beautiful piece of sculpture carved from a block of the indigenous redwood. It represents the beautiful…

Pretties

Pretties

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin April, 2016 Flowers and Mendocino.  The two are inseparably entwined.  On this  journal page I take an April walk through this old town.  My mother…

MacKerricher State Park, Ft. Bragg, CA
Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Point Arena lighthouse has had its ups and downs….literally.  Put into use in 1870 it boasted having a first order Fresnel lens which was manufactured in Paris. The brick tower was 100 feet tall…

Noyo Headlands Park, Ft. Bragg

Noyo Headlands Park, Ft. Bragg

  I’m glad I didn’t grow up in Ft. Bragg.  I’d never want to take this place for granted.  The people here are walkers and they have amazing parks!  Noyo Headlands Park is right across…

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

March 22, 2016 Resembling an old fashioned country church, Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is situated a little north of Mendocino, California.  Built in 1909, the lighthouse was allowed to fall into disrepair until it was purchased…

Noyo Harbor & Mendocino Gardens

Noyo Harbor & Mendocino Gardens

March 15, 2016  The weather is sunny, which is a change from the torrential rains we had last week.  I am not complaining about the rain, we need it!  But we’re making the most of…

Walking Ft. Bragg

Walking Ft. Bragg

March 9, 2016.  Ft. Bragg is a haven for people who love to walk.  So far we’ve visited two walking areas in town, Pomo Bluffs Park which is on the south end of town and…

The California North Coast

The California North Coast

Having lived in The Bay Area for most of our lives we often travelled to the North Coast.  The drought seems to be over and it’s as though El Nino has given new life to…

The Cottage at Empire State Historic Park
Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold

Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold

Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold Molten, graven, hammered and rolled, Heavy to get and light to hold, Hoarded, bartered, bought and sold, Stolen, borrowed, squandered, doled, Spurned by young, but…

What in the Heck Are Hops?

What in the Heck Are Hops?

As I mentioned in my last post, we went to Chico, California, at the beginning of May for a wedding.  We stayed there a week but didn’t see much of the area.  Most of the…

McArthur-Burney State Park, Burney California
Fly Fishing 101

Fly Fishing 101

I Got One! We went out today with a fly fishing guide, Chris, from The Fly Shop in Redding. http://www.flyshop.com/ I’ve never fished before and I learned fast that fly fishing will take a long time…

Turtle Bay, Redding, California

Turtle Bay, Redding, California

Beauty in the Gateway to Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen     My blog is something I’m beginning to enjoy doing.  I’ve learned a lot about  getting around on the internet and setting up a…

Lassen National Park, What Lies Beneath

Lassen National Park, What Lies Beneath

If You Want to See What’s Below the Ground You’re Walking On, Take a Trip to Lassen [epa-album id=”251″ show_title=”false” display=”excerpt”] Alpine Flowers Flowers adorn the hills, trails, meadows and roads.  They thrive in the…

Kennedy Gold Mine, Jackson, CA