John & Anne Wiley

2015/08/02

Ladder to Nuevo

About 3/4 mile South of a place gMaps calls China Ladder is this interesting shoreline with grooved flat rocks at the foot of the cliff, one of them ending in a sea cave.

4983 Groovy Foot

4983 Groovy Foot

To the right of center is a red “emblem” on the cliff, where rock has fallen away to reveal what’s apparently an iron deposit.

4978 Iron Emblem

4978 Iron Emblem

Just on the other side of China Ladder is this rocky cliff that to me looks a bit like some bizarre carved pumpkin.

4974 O'Lantern Cliffs

4974 O’Lantern Cliffs

Waddell Beach offers a picturesque wide strand with beautiful views up the canyon, punctuated by those white tracks in the water offshore.

4971 Waddell Beach

4971 Waddell Beach

This is a popular spot for kite & wind surfers to rip those white tracks, or at least it was on this particular day.

4967 Kite Surfers

4967 Kite & Wind Surfers

The whole Ano Nuevo area offers another kind of spectacular combining much of what we’ve seen so far, with a scrub dune inviting long walks.

4953 Ano Nuevo Bay

4953 Ano Nuevo Bay

Trails lead along this shore past Ano Nuevo Point to the more serene looking yet perhaps more wind blown Franklin Point.

4952 Rock and Sand

4952 Rock and Sand

With sandy beaches to the North and low carved rock to the South, Franklin Point offers a panoramic bench amid the hardy colorful scrub.

4948 Franklin Point

4948 Franklin Point

2015/08/01

Dairy to Davenport

Coast Dairies State Park offers some cool sea caves and a great beach, plus this pyramid of sorts.

5048 Pyramid

5048 Pyramid

Take a look at those people on the beach top-right for scale and you can see this thing is pretty big. There are two more people with light-colored shirts at the edge of the pyramid’s shadow, so I guess they ran across the narrow sand patch between waves and are confident the tide’s not coming in. Here’s a look from the other side offering a better view of that big cave up far enough that you can imagine how many storms have waves big enough to reach and carve it.

5044 High Sea Cave

5044 High Sea Cave

Dividing two big sandy beaches here is this narrow rock point with a well-worn path on top.

5043 Red Point

5043 Red Point

Continuing up the coast there are of course countless more sea caves, but this is one of the larger ones and has the added feature of another spire at water’s edge where a few brave souls probably climb it at low tide.

5020 Cave & Spire

5020 Cave & Spire

After yet more fascinating shoreline we come to the sweet little town of Davenport.

5017 Davenport, CA

5017 Davenport, CA

That cement plant at the left is somewhat of a marker for this last pic for today, with cool sea caves. Actually I guess they’re sea tunnels since they poke right through.

5005 Sea Tunnels

5005 Sea Tunnels

2015/07/31

Colors & Caves

Some people get tired of rock forms, sea caves, and colorful heather. Not me, as you can see. :)

5089 Color Cove

5089 Color Cove

The sea caves and basking pinnipeds stretch along this rugged coast for miles, so maybe the fact it was all placidly passing off our wing made every little cove and cave new and fascinating. Or the fact much of it’s all but invisible from the top, and easy to miss on a casual stroll if you can even get access to that dirt road along the edge.

5086 Easily Missed

5086 Easily Missed

This vantage point also provides the grand scope of sea sculptures like this sprawling shape.

5078 Sprawling Shapes

5078 Sprawling Shapes

There’s a contrast between hard and soft all along this shore, with caves and arches giving way to sandy beaches like this.

5075 Hard & Soft

5075 Hard & Soft

The splash in caves demonstrates how these cliffs have been carved for millennia, by fleeting water meeting living stone.

5065 Time Portal

5065 Time Portal

Each of my zoom closeups on caves and features in this next panorama sings in an eternal harmony that invites the soul to a slow dance of delight.

5057 Surf Song

5057 Surf Song

2015/07/30

Complex Coast

The coastline from Natural Bridges to the West (North) is a complex mixture of sea caves and carved cliff faces. You can start to see this terrain at Terrace Point where the Seymour Marine Discovery Center offers a small scale tour of sea life and this rock monolith on the beach at Younger Lagoon.

5160 Younger Beach Rock

5160 Younger Beach Rock

As the name Natural Bridges implies you’ll also find some rock arches like this beauty.

5151 Natural Bridge

5151 Natural Bridge

It’s a bucolic setting with farms and ranches along the coast and up into the hills, with a foot trail meandering along the cliffs.

5148 Quiet Sea Scene

5148 Quiet Sea Scene

Of course the rocks tell tales of ferocious storms carving these rocks for eons making for sea caves like this.

5143 Sea Cave

5143 Sea Cave

Or this one, that seems to be a long tunnel completely through to the other side.

5139 Rock Tunnel?

5139 Rock Tunnel?

There are several lonely monoliths like this too, some quite large with interesting shapes.

5132 Rock Standoff

5132 Rock Standoff

In places the natural sandstone seeps nourish moss and lichen, adding color accents.

5113 Color & Texture

5113 Color & Texture

This rock tower on a wide flat pad reminds me of a duck’s foot, though it probably has a more interesting name known to locals.

5106 Duck Foot Rock

5106 Duck Foot Rock

Sea caves of all shapes and sizes abound, and in places like this the cliffs are closer to the water and interspersed with beaches.

5096 Sea Caves

5096 Sea Caves

In case you’re wondering, yes that’s a gathering a pinnipeds on the beach at the left. Here’s a closer look so you can decide whether they’re seals, sea lions, or elephant seals.

5095 Seal Beach

5095 Seal Beach

Rounding a point popular with surfers you can’t see in this pic, here’s a last look until the next post.

5093 Pounded Point

5093 Pounded Point

2015/07/29

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz high school kids used to neck on the beach to the right of the San Lorenzo River, sheltered from the Boardwalk crowds by the rock jutting out.

5197 San Lorenzo River

5197 San Lorenzo River

A few other kids would walk out on the rock promontory just to watch the necking. Most though were far too busy enjoying the Boardwalk attractions and courting their own dates.

5187 Santa Cruz Boardwalk

5187 Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Since the last time we were there years ago, there’s a new section at the end next to the river with water attractions like the Logger’s Revenge flume ride.

5185 Logger's Revenge

5185 Logger’s Revenge

The ever-changing Santa Cruz Wharf has many restaurants and some other attractions.

5180 Santa Cruz Wharf

5180 Santa Cruz Wharf

From shore to mountains, Santa Cruz is an iconic California seaside tourist town that goes far beyond that definition to nearly defy description.

5182 Santa Cruz

5182 Santa Cruz

Point Santa Cruz is another popular spot, with the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum now occupying the beautiful old lighthouse. Surfers risk the rocks for a good ride, while swimmers and divers mingle with everyone else out on the rocky point.

5178 Point Santa Cruz

5178 Point Santa Cruz

If this town had an airport, we’d sure be visiting far more often. The drive from San Jose is a strong deterrent, but we might fly into nearby Watsonville and try to rent a car some day.

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