Fill your mind instead with starfish, seabirds, seals and sea lions, with surf crashing upon rocks and untamed shorelines. How? By visiting the Northern California coastline during September.
Replace those rusty SoCal images with these shiny NoCal scenes. Enjoy the following snapshots from the uncrowded seascapes between Point Arena and Crescent City.
|Point Arena Lighthouse.|
For a fee you can access this remote area
and walk the 145 steps to the Lighthouse Tower.
|Walking the beach as the tide rolls in.|
Manchester State Park, Point Arena, CA.
|A Harbor Seal watches us as we watch it swim and dive in|
MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg.
|A stormy day near Ferndale, CA.|
|Pelagic Cormorants congregate on this surf-scoured rock|
near Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point in
the contiguous United States.
|Giant Green Sea Anemones on the beach near Crescent City.|
|Starfish cling to the rocks on a beach near Crescent City.|
Unfortunately west coast starfish are experiencing massive die-offs.
Scientists don't know the cause but human activities are
suspected to be a factor.
|If you want your footprints to be the only ones|
on the beach, head to the Northern California
Coast during autumn.