If you thought Pigeon Point was named due to a past pigeon proliferation there, read the wiki to learn otherwise and also get details about this magnificent 1871 lighthouse that’s tallest on the West Coast.
You’ll also get some info about that row of buildings in the foreground. If you visit, you can get views somewhat similar to this and walk trails along the low beach bluff.
At this point in our flight the wind was fairly strong (check out the foam streamers on the water in this next pic), yet the flight was quite smooth.
Because the terrain here is flat, there’s nothing to stir up the fast moving air so it’s fun to fly in. Going with the wind you get a free ride in the sense that you only need enough power to maintain altitude and let the wind provide the speed over ground. Going against the wind is great too, if like us you’re in no hurry, because with a similar low power setting you have more time to take in the spectacular views. All along this coast though, are indications of why a lighthouse was built at the point.
The rocky beaches would make short work of any boat that chanced ashore here even in relatively calm seas like this. Scary to imagine big waves and a wind blowing directly onto these rocks, especially before there were roads and homes here (and GPS). Speaking of homes, there’s probably full-time work for window washers and tempting sea caves for a lunch break.