Roadside surprise

Just a short drive north of Jug Handle State Reserve on Highway 1 we managed to stumble across an amazing little spot that felt like a local secret. Aside from a small gravel parking area and an open spot in the fence, there wasn’t much to indicate coastal access, and we weren’t sure what to expect when we stopped to […]

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California palm

Out of all the types of trees found growing along the shores of Lake Natoma, nothing sticks out from the rest like the California palms. There aren’t really too many palm trees near the lake, but once you start noticing them, they make an impression! I first spotted this one way back in early 2015 as it sprouted from the […]

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Spring beach

As we drive along Highway 1 in the southern half of Mendocino County, if we notice a sign saying “Coastal Access” we stop to check it out for its fishing potential. This was what happened back in March when we happened upon the Spring Ranch Nature Preserve, just south of the town of Mendocino. It’s very easy to miss, with […]

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Stornetta, north and south

There is so much room to roam over the Stornetta Public Lands near Point Arena that during our three separate visits I’ve only managed to scratch the surface of this beautiful coastal hiking area. In September 2021 I thought I was doing pretty well when I managed to walk from the northern gate to the private road running from Highway […]

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