Category Archive: beaches

Redwoods National and State Parks, Part 1: An Introduction

Once I reached the coast I continued making my way north along Highway 101, which alternately runs along the Pacific cliffs, past low-lying wetlands, and through the forested hills. Just driving along the… Continue reading

California’s Central Coast

After spending a day in Monterey, I drove down the coast on Route 1, stopping at beaches and overlooks along the way. I decided I needed to keep moving at the end of… Continue reading

Monterey Bay

Monterey is stunningly gorgeous: the bay an impossible blend of sapphire and turquoise waters, the shoreline lined with smoothed rock and pine, the sky a vivid azure. I spent a day walking the… Continue reading

Morro Bay

I spent the better part of a day in Morro Bay, California. Named after the 576 foot tall eponymous rock that helps define the entrance to the harbor, the town is surrounded by… Continue reading

Mission Santa Barbara

The Mission Santa Barbara was the tenth mission founded and is located in present day Santa Barbara, California. The architecture of the church itself is more refined and less primitive than some of… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 2: Torrey Pines State Park

I visited Torrey Pines State Park twice while in San Diego. Located north of La Jolla, the park is a reserve for the rare Torrey Pine and migrating seabirds. The coastline here is… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 1: The Beaches

My first stop on the California coast was San Diego and I did not want to leave. The weather was perfect, the water warm, the beaches free, the palm trees plentiful, the sunsets… Continue reading

Cliffs and Coastline, Sea Stacks and Shoreline

As far as I can tell, the Oregon coast is the perfect combination of blue waters and striking shoreline. Because of all the volcanic activity in the area, much of the coast is… Continue reading

What Lies Beneath: The Wonders of Low Tide

The Pacific teems with life just underneath the surface. From kelp forests to sea grass to barnacles to tide pools, the ocean here reveals wonders at low tide.

Sunlight and Waves of the Pacific

The Pacific Coast in Northern and Central Oregon was just spectacular: jagged coast, dramatic cliffs, baby powder sand, deep blue and green water, prominent sea stacks, and sun. This post features some of… Continue reading