Last spring, Johanna and I embarked on a drive up to the very top of California with very little in the way of plans. If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that this was a departure for me. We rented an SUV, packed our camping gear, and pointed the wheels north.
In just a few days, we covered 1,500 miles and visited some of the most under-the-radar destinations in California. We were struck by the sheer beauty even the least-visited places in California can produce. Here's a list of some of the places we visited and things we did:
- Spotted wildflowers along Jolon Road, a part of Monterey County that tourists rarely find.
- Drove down a five-mile dirt road to camp at Prewitt Ridge, overlooking the Big Sur coastline.
- Snacked on artisan foods in Pescadero, just a few miles inland of the well-worn HWY 1 route.
- Sped past Napa to visit Anderson Valley's greatest Pinot Noir producer (Toulouse Vineyard).
- Drew messages in the sand at Mendocino Headlands State Park.
- Hopped around the tide-pools at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg.
- Stopped to admire the coastal views from Pacific Star Winery.
- Headed inland to hammock-camp along the Avenue of the Giants (old-growth redwoods).
- Followed Wilder Ridge Road to Mattole Point, passing bucolic homesteads on the way.
- Got taken aback by fields of wildflowers near the victorian town of Ferndale.
- Paid our respects to those lost at sea at Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse.
- Communed with wild elk at Gold Bluffs Beach.
- Entered the jurassic era in Fern Canyon (filming location of Jurassic Park 2).
Here is a small selection of photos from our trip:
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