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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sea Ranch: Northern California Pacific Ocean Coast

I had a very relaxing 4 day weekend with friends Kathleen & Charles in Sea Ranch.  After driving out of the city I literally cried when I crested the rise and saw the majestic coastline.   Their hospitality to me and Rio dog was benchmark.  The 280 degree vista of the Pacific Surf from their two decks & living/dining rooms was astounding.  The majesty of nature was rivaled only by their friendship, great cooking and meeting some of their friends.
All photos were taken with an iPhone by Kathleen, Charles or me.

We hiked the beach while Rio frolicked in the surf.  We walked the redwoods with Rio obediently on his leash.  I love the jagged heights of the rough, weathered fence posts.  

We watched the birds migrating, the waterfalls through the rocks and greenery defying gravity.

This chapel was gifted to honor the memory of a young man, navy aviator, artist & zoologist, to offer a sanctuary for prayer, meditation & spiritual renewal.  Built by James Hubbell.

Sunday afternoon we hiked through a new growth redwood trees in a forest fecund with beauty.

Sunday morning after breakfast the low tide afforded us a magical walk along the tide pools filled with sea stars - formerly called star fish - and sea anemones.  Below, the Harbor Seal mothers & pups are sunning on the rocks.   

My 4-day travel wardrobe was very simple. I used layers to be comfortable in the hot sun and cold, windy surf.  
HATS: I brought two Target hats: the leopard print cap for the wind and the cowgirl hat for dress.  
BOOTS:  I wore a pair of Merrill boots.  
PANTS, TOPS  & SHIRTS: Two black jeggings and two camisoles, three shirts (white, plaid & striped caramel) that fit over my splint.
JACKETS:  A light & a heavy vest, a black windbreaker, gloves & wool socks completed the ensemble.  
They all rolled easily into a small backpack.


  1. The scenery is just breath-taking. How is your arm feeling?

    1. No pain & no meds in the broken wrist; still in splint. Get cast Thur. Will wear cast for 3 weeks.
      Thanks for asking & for your concern!

  2. What beautiful photos! You've even been able to make the kelp look good. Since I live on the west coast I can sure smell the scent rising from these pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much! The kelp did look good; I just captured it. My pleasure to share! Thanks for looking!

  4. I can see why it was relaxing! Such beautiful scenery and your hats look perfect for your long weekend of pleasure.