Onward Up The Coast… to Fort Bragg

As we continued up the coast, and all we could see on our radar was foul weather. But, with Zippy hooked up and our belongings battened down we rolled out of Coast Guard base in Petaluma toward Fort Bragg on Highway 1. We made a quick pullout near Bodega Bay to catch a shot of this arched rock…

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Arched Rock. Sonoma Coast State Beach

We also made a pit stop at Point Arena Lighthouse, which… for my RVing friends out there… is not an RV friendly stop. There’s a place to park outside the gates, but no place to turn around. As I’ve done many times before, I (we ?) had to unhook Zippy and get both car and rig turned around and hooked back up. If it had been a busy weekend, who knows if I would have had the room to do that. In addition I passed up a few great shots because I couldn’t pull out, and it’s a very narrow road to boot! Unhook in town somewhere and drive your tow cars out. It’s worth it!

I’m glad we stopped. The lighthouse happened to be closed, but the view from where we parked was amazing. The texture in the coastline surrounding the lighthouse is very unique.

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Point Arena Lighthouse

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Point Arena Lighthouse and shoreline

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Point Arena shoreline

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Point Arena’s rocky shoreline

I love all things nostalgic… lighthouses, covered bridges, old churches… There’s a romantic sense about them, of times gone by. Knowing that it should come as no surprise that our next stop was another lighthouse. This one is Point Cabrillo Light north of Mendocino. This is actually a California State Historic Park , and their light keepers cottages are refurbished and available for vacation rentals. Check it out here… Point Cabrillo Light State Historic Park

And, oh… a break in the weather…

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Point Cabrillo Light

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Light keepers cottage at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

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Light keepers cottage, Point Cabrillo Light

 

And of course there were critters along the way…

White-crowned Sparrow

Blacktail deer

Soon after getting back on the road we reached our destination for the day… Harbor RV Park in Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg is a small and historic town on the northern California coast. The rain did not let up while we were there, but that didn’t stop us from getting out and about. Our first stop was Glass Beach. John teases me with, “Oooh, shiny thing!” every time I bend over to pick something up at a beach, be it shells, rocks or sea glass. Don’t let him fool you though, he’s bending over too! ?

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Glass Beach

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This adorable (and well fed) ground squirrel hoping for a handout

 

And we continued cruising the coast, looking for scenic spots worth stopping at in the rain…

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Coastline near Mendocino

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Incredible rocky shoreline

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And yet another arch near Mendocino

 

There were no signs prohibiting drones here, so off we flew! (It’s rare that we can fly where we’d really like to.)

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Another selfie caught by “Hawkeye”, our DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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Coastline caught by “Hawkeye”, Mavic 2 Pro

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Coastline near Mendocino

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North California Coast

And that wraps it up for the Fort Bragg area. I have no doubt that there’s much more to see, and beaches to comb, and images to capture, but the weather was not cooperative. We liked the area enough though to put it on the list for a return visit.

At writing, John and I are actually camped in Bellingham WA, doing a month’s worth of work on our boat before setting sail again the first week of May. Obviously I still have a lot of coastline to cover between Northern California and here. Right now though, I have teak to varnish!

Next up is our last stop in California… Eureka!

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