Monday, June 19, 2017

A Minus Tide On A Sunny Day

It has been a rather dreary time here on the north coast. Many many days of relentless fog, or what the weather service calls "overcast." It casts a gray dismal shroud over everything, blocking the sun for days at a time. Sometimes I wonder just how powerful that almighty sun really is. I think, "C'mon, it's just a bunch of watery bleak droplets between me and you, how can you not shine through this stuff?" But that's the way it goes here. So when the sun does shine its unbelievably bright rays of warmth and light, we are ready to head out for a walk. There was a nice little minus tide that coincided with a sunny morning the other day, so we said, yippeee let's go to Trinidad. We've walked the minus tide beach there many times, and it's always wonderful. When we arrived this time, it was WINDY. A serious wind blowing in, so we decided to hike up Trinidad Head to see how the view was from up there. Here's a photo of Trinidad Head I took last January from a beach about a mile or so south.
Here's what it looks like while hiking up the trail on Trinidad, looking north.You can see the beach where we would have been walking if it had been a calm day.
When we got to the top we had a wonderful expansive view. It wasn't windy, and it was beautiful in every way. Roger heard sea lions barking, and there was a halo around the sun. A truly splendid moment.
Then, we headed down around the other side toward the harbor. The light was perfect on the water that day.
We decided to walk down to the harbor and out on the wharf to see if there were any river otters hanging around. We saw them there a few years ago and were hoping to see them again. But they weren't around. We did get to see the wonderful pattern left in the sand by the retreating tide.
We love being reminded just how awesomely beautiful our planet is. Here is just one small spot on earth on one blue-sky day.

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  1. It's almost as if I were there. Nice rainbow picture at the top.

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    1. paullamb-- I think you would like this walk, and you could even run it! Glad you liked the rainbow pic.

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  2. That last photo is a stunner. Sigh. I wish I had been with you as you took that walk from windy shore to Trinidad Head. It sounds like absolute heaven.

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    1. CCorax-- The patterns in the sand were really beautiful that day. It is a lovely walk, a nice little workout on the short trek up, and the views make it all worthwhile. You would love it!

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  3. As always your pictures brighten my day. Thank you Robin!

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    1. Sabine-- So glad to know that they brighten your day, my friend.

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  4. Love those sand patterns. You were treated to a lovely day. Sometimes we need the overcast ones to appreciate ole Sol.

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    1. Patti-- We actually feel pretty lucky here escaping the blistering heat in most of the rest of the state. I don't really mind, most of the time! Glad you liked that sand pattern. It was pretty cool to see.

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  5. What an amazing spot! It looks so cool and fresh. I've had some good walks on Oregon beaches, which I imagine are somewhat similar. (I've never been to your part of California, though!)

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    1. Steve-- Trinidad Beach is about 10 miles north of us, and about 70 miles south of the Oregon border. We live in Humboldt County, sometimes referred to as "behind the redwood curtain." It's a long way from San Francisco, about 270 miles. It's beautiful up here, but a bit out of the way.

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  6. The oceanshore is impossible to beat on a sunny day, perhaps because a sunny day is so hard to find.

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    1. Loren-- It has been a pretty bleak time lately. I expected a reprieve after this past winter's relentless rain, but it has been cloudy for months. So, yes... a sunny day is a pretty grand thing!

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  7. That is a beautiful place to visit

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    1. Bill-- It's a short drive from here, and we love going on a sunny day. Always something beautiful to see and photograph.

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  8. Really nice photos Robin! What a beautiful (albeit sometimes dreary) area you live in.
    Are the second and third photos taken around Patrick's Point?

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    1. Pat-- It really is beautiful here. We love it everyday, even on the bleakest. All of the photos were taken at Trinidad Harbor which is six miles south of Patrick's Point. Arcata is 16 miles south of Trinidad, about a 15 minute drive. We love it!

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