Wow! right?

After driving south and west over the mountains from the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and turning left onto Coastal Highway 1, I stopped overnight at a beautiful Vista View Point parking area with great access to the tidal pools below the bluff.  Take a look at who and what I saw!

Harbor Seal taking in the warmth of the sun and the rock during a lowering tide.

With his or her friend

Showing off seal skills

The tide pools here were so cool.  If you look closely, you can see the Giant Green Sea Anemone, purple sea urchin, Strawberry Anemone, pink sea fans, a variety of kelp, seaweed, and sea grasses, mussels, and unseen are starfish, crabs, hermit crabs, and tiny striped fish.

Below that, you can see another stupendous sunset.

It was interesting here, because there were a few folks staying overnight with me who had each been displaced because of the Dixie Fire.  One guy, John, who was living out of a cargo van told me he was forced to evacuate last year as well and had to live in this parking lot for 6 weeks.  Of course he has no idea how long it will be this year.  He’s lucky to have a large van as there were two people who had to evacuate and were living out of compact cars.  John felt fortunate his house was still standing even though there was a mandatory evacuation.

While staying at the Elk Campground earlier, a couple pulled in behind me in a brand new travel trailer.  New everything, even down to their hoses and outdoor rug.  The lady told me they lost everything in the Chico fire last year and this was their first outing in the replacement  camper.

Its real out here folks.  I read an article while in Mendocino County that they are just about out of water. due to the ongoing drought.  Hotels and restaurants are having to buy water and have it trucked in so dishes can be washed and guests can flush toilets and shower.

Yesterday, Elo and I left the coast and came east, back over the mountains where it was immediately hazy due to the smoke.  We stayed the night at a Rest Stop on the highway.  It was filled to the brim with dozens of folks living out of their cars, some with everything they could fit strapped to the roof.  What a nice group of folks they were, who have evidently formed a community as it seemed they mostly all knew each other and were quite friendly to us. Elo and I had the impression many of them stayed there at least somewhat permanently.

May we all be ever grateful for everything we have.


Back to the other day when I left the parking lot with the stellar views, tidal pools, and seal friends to head about 20 minutes south to a town called Fort Bragg.  Elo had gone ahead the day before so she could enjoy riding her bike along the Coastal Trail.  There is about a 5 mile multi-use trail along the bluff we both took full advantage of and as you can see, each view was more gorgeous than the next.

One view was more gorgeous than the next!

See what I mean?

As I mentioned earlier, we left the coast yesterday. Sigh. And headed inland where the temps jumped from the mid 70s to the mid 90s and clear skies became hazy.  Alas, this is the price it seems we must pay to visit Yosemite this summer.

As I type this, we are parked at a really janky “RV park”  though I am indeed grateful for the decent wifi so I can get this posted.  We have just discovered, or I should say, Elo discovered we are at the wrong RV park, so while I wrap this up, she has gone to see if we can get a refund since we have already paid for the other place.  In any case, I imagine we will move on along in hopes of less dust and cleaner water.

Oh how I love the many twists and turns of travel.  You can never really know what adventure awaits around the next bend.  We arrive Yosemite tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Until next time…



  • Heather

    August 9, 2021

    Margie, I love that you are taking the time to share your adventure with all of us. We used to live in California when I was growing up so I am quite familiar with the coast. So beautiful! So I want to see the photos of you and Elo climbing Half Dome in Yosemite!!!!

  • Rusty Hunt

    August 9, 2021

    “Wow!” is right. Great photos! Wonder what Bodhi would have thought of your new seal friends?

  • Gaelyn

    August 9, 2021

    I am so loving the coastal pics as I haven’t been in over a decade. Hope the smoke thins out for you. Lots less at Bryce today.

  • Tena

    August 9, 2021

    Again – stellar photography! I drove up that coast long ago, and it is still one of my favorite places ever. Happy to see it again through your eyes.

    • Margie

      August 24, 2021

      It was definitely one of the big highlights of our trip, that’s for sure.

  • Darden Yerkes

    August 22, 2021

    I love the halo around the sun. Beautiful sights.

    • Margie

      August 24, 2021

      Indeed. Elo and I have been joking that we’ve been hot since leaving the Coast. It was definitely a highlight of the trip!


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