The Jughandle

Back in May of this year I shared one or two images of our visit to this area of the Mendocino coast, but I still haven’t had a chance to seriously explore Jughandle State Reserve proper. On this cloudless November afternoon we parked alongside the highway about 5 miles south of Fort Bragg and hiked past the gate to the […]

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All Creatures Great and Small

We never know what to expect on our trips to the coast, and this trip is looking pretty promising, judging by the first day or so. I finally got my wish to see some cows up close. They were fairly mellow, although I know enough to be cautious around animals of this size! And I’ve found a few other cool […]

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Below the ridgeline

Looking back through my images of┬áthe hiking trails in The Sea Ranch always makes me feel better about things. We spent a week there in late September this year, and if there’s anything I enjoy as much as being near the ocean, it has to be wandering through the redwoods and other trees of Northern California’s coast range.

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Moat Creek revisited

I’ve visited Moat Creek’s beach a handful of times in the past few years but I never seem to get quite enough. It’s beautiful at high tide and a popular surfing spot, but I’m always hoping to get a chance to explore the tide pools — on this occasion they were hidden underwater. The small parking area is roughly two […]

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Fog rolls in

I parked along Lighthouse Road outside the town of Point Arena and entered the Stornetta Public Lands through a gate I had never used before, curious to see what I might find. To be honest, I was hoping to spot some cows, or maybe even a few deer. But I saw none of these, only empty pasture land — although […]

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Sandstone art

The ocean views at Point Arena’s Stornetta Public Lands are so spectacular, you could be forgiven for failing to notice much of anything else — unless you happen to run into a few of the local cows (they actually seem fairly skittish of people, which is probably a good thing). But as I was loitering near the north gate, waiting […]

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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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