Numerous shipwrecks occurred one-half mile offshore due to a sneaky reef 6 feet under the water. The Point Arena lighthouse was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, rebuilt to 115 feet tall and was renovated for its 100th anniversary. The prize 12,000 pound 6 foot tall freznel lens features a unique triple set of double bullseye lens, valued at over $3,500,000 dollars. The beam proudly shot out 20+ miles while the new double 1,000 watt LEDs are limited to one short burst every 15 seconds at a more meger 16 miles. Be sure to visit the gift store and checkout the webcam views here: http://northcoastaviation.com/pt_arena_west.htm
cTv finds taking great photos at Bowling Ball Beach can be a blessing… or a real challenge if the proverbial stars are not in the optimum position (sun and moon/tide, that is). Then there is the rope ladder to navigate unless you elect to go the long way – the Schooner Gulch south route. On our first summertime evening, being 90 minutes after low tide was too late and most all of the boulders were under water. Trying again the next early morning, this time while the boulders were fully exposed, the morning sun was hiding behind the cliffs for almost two hours. Lucky/well prepared photographers will be blessed with the perfect photos with the concretion boulders partially emerged during the golden or blue hour – GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE ODDS BE FOREVER IN YOUR FAVOR 🙂
Prior to owning our RV, we traveled North to Point Arena to enjoy the rural ocean scenery with our Siberian Husky, Kaliki, who discovered formidable burrowing gopher holes. We all got our money’s worth going down to the Greenwood State Beach in the sleepy city of Elk. Next we will check out Bowling Ball Beach and the Point Arena Lighthouse.
Here we go again on day 2 at lovely Samuel P Taylor State Park – hiking trail, learning about the park’s history and predecessors, plus playing in the beautiful redwoods. While we were fortunate to stay at the park during non-peak days (Sunday and Monday night) at the end of summer when schools were back in session, the park, river and redwoods are always worth admiring.
Before going to the redwoods at Samuel P Taylor State Park, we head West in our RV to Drakes Bay in the splendid Point Reyes National Seashore. Historically speaking, Sir Francis Drake championed England’s effort to find riches in the Pacific. Fortunately at the end of summer, our weather temperatures are perfect and the wind was almost nil. Too bad we can’t fly our drone to share some aerial footage but the National Parks prohibit flight even if no one is around. We will have some drone flight in the next episode while we visit the city of Point Reyes, one of the honeymoon stops for Prince Charles and Camilla.
At last, cTv (California Travel Videos) hops aboard the steam train at Roaring Camp in the Henry Cowell State Park (between Santa Cruz and Felton, California). While the redwood grove was revered by lumberjacks to provide the best possible wood to build homes, fortunately the Cowell family bought a large tract of land as a preserve. We dedicate this video to Frank B Lamoly, town Marshall at Roaring Camp for 50 years.
Time to checkout the super tall, super old redwoods (one hundred million CENTURIES old) in Henry Cowell park. Missed Bigfoot center but our Siberian Husky Kaliki scored water play in the running river. Next up, we will walk over to the Roaring Camp village and hop aboard the steam train.
Do you believe in the Bigfoot? Near Santa Cruz, the Henry Cowell State Park is well known for its soaring redwood trees approaching 300 feet high. So in addition to being located near the Pacific Ocean and sheltered from the sun, this sanctuary makes an ideal getaway for travelers, be it RV, tent or ala-natural. And who knows what you’ll see deep in the forest…
Time for us to enjoy the great outdoors with our Siberian Husky, Kaliki. Nothing beats a temperate, warm day on the beach with a soft wind caressing us. There is nothing quite like communing with nature to nurture the soul and recharge our batteries. Okay, play and frolicking about ain’t half bad either!