Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hidden gem

Much of the coastline south of Fort Bragg is sheer cliffs. We stopped at a lighthouse and checked out some tidal pools (more on that later) but we also wanted to walk on the beach. We learned that signs for "coastal access" don't necessarily mean "beach access." But north of Jenner we could see one secluded cove that from the highway above looked accessible.
I pulled a satellite picture so you can see what it was like. There's a little parking lot and a trail through the woods down to the streambed and from there to the beach.
The sound of the waves crashing up and then shushing back over the rocky shore was both invigorating and soothing.
Farther south there are more beaches, but the sun was about to set, so we enjoyed this last little stroll along the waves before heading home.