So for whatever reason I went to another lighthouse today - Point Cabrillo light station. The lighthouse itself was prettier than the Point Arena lighthouse, and the surrounding cliffs were lovelier, but it wasn’t very tall and you weren’t allowed to go to the top, but it was free. So I spent some time walking around the bluffs and snapping shots before heading on to Fort Bragg.
There were two things that looked interesting to me in Fort Bragg: the Guest House Museum and the North Coast Brewing company. Both were scheduled to be open for tours but unfortunately both were closed for remodeling or some reason. So once I discovered that the North Coast Brewing company is the one that’s sold in Trader Joe’s with the cute little pictures on the label for each different type of beer, I decided to eat lunch at their brew pub. I got the Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich mostly because it was the cheapest thing on the menu, but hated it because it was feta and swiss on a croissant (three of my least favorite things on sandwiches). I'm pretty sure those ingredients were not all disclosed to me on the menu. But the Rasputin beer I got was very good. It was almost black in color but tasted smooth and flavorful.
I continued to pull over at scenic views, but it seems the rocks have gotten lighter in color and the sea not as turquoise. Maybe I’ve just reached my fill of impossibly lovely rocky coast. Nah…
Soon enough, Hwy 1 veers off the coast inland into deep woods of Birch and Redwoods. I couldn’t really get a good picture, but it’s shocking the way everything becomes cool and quiet just around the bend from the ocean and then when you reach the top of the hill you can glimpse through the trees the mountains of forests all around you.