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The Old Salt Sea
What is it that keeps drawing us back to the rugged coast of Northern California?
It is the pulse like rhythm of the surf, a vital sign that our earth is alive - and we hope - still somewhat well. It is the vistas. It is the smell of salt water in the air and the cry of gulls. It is the story in the rocks and the remaining traces of history.
This was another quick spur of the moment trip. Thursday night we decided on a long weekend getaway. A check of campgrounds showed an available opening at Salt Point State Park's Gerstle Cove Campground.
We arrived Friday afternoon, set up in our reserved campsite, and headed for the cliffs and the late afternoon light.
The favorable weather forecast also influenced our decision to head for the coast. Although the campground was almost full. most groups were polite and very quiet. We walked down to the ocean after dark and had the place to ourselves. We listened to that pulse, the assurance that some things were still right with the world.
Our niece and her wife live close by and we hoped - even with little notice - they could spend Saturday with us and take a hike with a couple of old farts. Yes, and they suggested a brand new place that had just opened for public use.
The Jenner Headlands Preserve is another excellent example of efforts to protect what open space remains in our overcrowded world. Join and support the organizations that work so hard to make good things happen.
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