|Temperatures were pleasant, terrain turning deeper green. We began seeing redwood trees along this route.|
This photo, taken through the tinted coach window, does not show the beautiful green of the forest.
|Seals serenading all who will listen.|
We were especially grateful for this clear sunny day since Patrick's Point is shrouded in fog much of the year.
Rainfall averages 60+ inches a year and temperatures only about a 10 degree variation between winter and summer.
|Ozzie and Lexie aren't allowed on the trails at Patrick's Point but were welcome to other parts of the park.|
A massive sea stack called Wedding Rock is a popular vista point in Patrick's Point State Park. About 50 marriages take place here each year. The weddings started in the 1930's when the park's first caretaker married his sweetheart there after blazing a trail to the place with the best view of the Pacific.
|Wayne along the trail to Wedding Rock.|
|Ascending the final few steps...|
|Atop Wedding Rock, looking south.|
|The bride waits...|
|The groom arrives -- binoculars in hand.|
|Looking northward from Wedding Rock.|
Our next stop was a much shorter walk as we just went as far as Palmer's Point overlook where, in addition to a huge number of seals, we saw a bald eagle perched on a tree limb. Wayne first saw the eagle through binoculars but the bird was just too far away for a good photograph without setting up a tripod.
|Not much barking from this group.... they're enjoying a day on the rocks.|
Trinidad: The Village
|One of the few souvenir stores in Trinidad.|
This village of Trinidad is part of the California Coastal National Monument.
Fishing, based from the tiny harbor, is vital to tourism and commercial fishery interests for the entire region.
Trinidad is clean, quiet and quaint. It might very well have passed Morro Bay as my favorite California coastal town.
The first inhabitants of this area were Yurok Indians. They were in this region before the 1700's and lived on the bluffs overlooking this bay. By 1775, a Portuguese navigator recorded that he'd seen the bay. Later, Spaniards came, claimed, settled and named the land.
By the time of the American Civil War, local Indians were raided, killed, starved and those who lived were herded away like animals. Shameful treatment of the first people without apology... again.
As the afternoon wore on, fog drifted into Trinidad bay and harbor, changing the appearance completely.
|Fishing boats look in Trinity Bay appear tiny from up here.|
At $39.99 per pound, we selected a small package of smoked salmon. Smoked Albacore tuna was $29.99 per pound and we wanted to try it too.
Checking out, I noticed gourmet pet food -- Albacore tuna at $2.99 a can. Lexie and Ozzie should try it....
The salmon was good, but a bit dry.
Tsunami warnings, like the one below, are posted all over this area, which is at high risk.