Monday, January 17, 2011

2011 Sea Ranch Day 4

I was initially very confused about the sunrise and sunsets from the house where we are staying at Sea Ranch. I expect the coastline to run north/south, the sun to rise in the mountains to the east and the sun to set on the ocean in the west. The coast here runs much more from the east-southeast to the west-northwest. With the sun so far to the south this time of the year, it seemed like the sun was rising from the ocean. Every morning, there was a great view of the sunrise from the bed in the master suite.

After a quick breakfast, we drove to the public access parking for Stengel Bench. This is the farthest point down the coast that I had run on Sunday. Parking the car, we hiked for about an hour along the bluffs. Jack had a great time running in the surf on the beach below the old rec center.

Back at the house, we scrambled to clean and pack up the car. We were on the road just before 11:00 a.m. We were not in the car for five minutes before Sharon turned to me and said "I want to come back!"

We made a stop at Fort Ross. While Sharon had been there before, neither Jack nor I had. We spent some time wandering the fort and exploring the buildings.

Back on the road, we stopped for a late lunch at the Tides Restaurant in Bogeta Bay. We were home about 4:30 p.m., a 5 1/2 hour trip with two long stops. It was a wonderful weekend.

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