As soon as I crossed the border into California, the sun broke through the clouds and the fog lifted. So long, Oregon Coast!
The road turned away from the coast and further inland, and the scenery turned from dramatic coastline to redwood forest. After stopping for gas in the small town of Crescent City, I drove along slow, winding roads through the Del Norte Redwood Forest until I reached the coastline again. I stopped at the first beach I saw.
A lone surfer with a full suit was tearing it up in waist-high swells, while his wife and dogs relaxed on the black sand. Nice to see a California beach that wasn’t crowded! The sand was warmed from the sun, and fine like the beaches of SoCal…but strangely dark. The wind was gentle and fairly calm, a nice change of pace from the blustery, wind tunnel-like beaches in Oregon. This was a nice break. There was also plenty of bench-sized driftwood lying about, and the water was a pretty nice temperature for the west coast (above 50 deg F!). It was a wonderful place to sit and think.
Feeling extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the people who’ve helped me along the way, and I’m even more grateful and appreciative of getting to marry Kimi in a month!
Note to self: Gas up here is really expensive! It was $4.29 a gallon in Eureka…sometimes I miss my old Subie and its 35+ MPG.