Garrapata State Park – Beach and Soberanes Point

We enjoyed the spectacularly rugged coastline of Garrapata State Park at Garrapata Beach and on the trails around Soberanes Point. Garrapata Beach is a gorgeous beach with solitary rocks protruding from the fine sands. We ate lunch on a rock and watched collosal waves thunder ashore. Soberanes Point is incredibly scenic with an intricately carved…

Cowell Ranch Beach

Cowell Ranch Beach is a little known beach just south of Half Moon Bay. The beach was purchased by the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) in the 1980’s and is now part of the State Park system. Reaching the beach entails a half mile walk through a farm easement to reach the bluff and then…

Mendocino Trip Recap

Mendocino is a gorgeous area of the northern California coast. We visited six parks with incredible variety from giant redwoods to lush fern canyons to rugged coastline. Here is a list of the series of blog postings from the trip: Hendy Woods State Park Van Damme State Park Mendocino Headlands State Park Russian Gulch State…

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

The sixth park we visited was Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve in the heart of the coast range. It’s located about one hour from Mendocino on windy roads, or alternatively, the reserve can be reached by the equally windy Orr Springs Road from Ukiah in 13 miles. We decied to see this reserve and then…

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

The fifth park we visited was the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. We parked near the visitor center and took the half mile walk down through meadows and wind-shaped vegetation to the lighthouse located on a protrusion of the coastal terrace into the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse was built in 1909 and has…

Russian Gulch State Park

The fourth park we visited was Russian Gulch State Park for a Saturday morning run. We took the Fern Canyon Trail and then the Waterfall Loop Trail to a beautiful 36 foot tall waterfall in a very lush setting. We then continued to the North Boundary Trail where we saw an area of famous pygmy…

Mendocino Headlands State Park

The third park we visited on our trip to Mendocino was the Mendocino Headlands State Park. I was amazed by the beauty of the this park – the intricate and rugged rock formations chiseled by the powerful Pacific Ocean are a gorgeous site to see. We were expecting it to be cold (and we heard…

Van Damme State Park

The second park we visited on the trip to Mendocino was Van Damme State Park, located a couple miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. We did a run up the Fern Trail along Little River. The trail is aptly named as a carpet of ferns covers under thick stands of second growth redwoods and…

Hendy Woods State Park

On Friday and Saturday Serena and I took a trip to Mendocino on the northern California coast. We lucked out with some great weather and were able to visit numerous state parks. Since there were so many great photographs, I will have a series of blog posts featuring a different park each time. The first…

Horseback Riding at Garrod Farms

I had a super fun time horseback riding with Serena at Garrod Farms and Fremont-Older Open Space Preserve last Sunday morning. Serena rode a dark brown horse named Tonto and I rode a brown horse named Kid. There were a total of seven horses in our group. The loop we rode included the Bay Tree…

New Phase

I’ve been back in CA for almost two weeks now, but I only moved into my new place a few days ago. I’ve been busy buying home furnishings, kitchen stuff, appliances, and food. Also, since I am now a permanent CA resident I got to visit the local DMV office to get a CA driver’s…

Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness

Serena and I went to the Desolation Wilderness along the crest of the Sierra Mountains for a one night backpacking trip. The 63,690 acre wilderness area is near Lake Tahoe and is characterized by rocky basins, granite peaks, and dozens of lovely alpine lakes. We hiked in 6.1 miles from Echo Lake to Lake Aloha…