Happy Wednesday, all! And, also - Hooray! The blog is finally back online!! In case you didn't know, typepad (my blog host) has been down for the better part of 5 days due to hacking problems... this has meant that both the front end (that readers can access), and the back end (where I create content) has been inaccessable... Wah wah. Anyway, between typepad being down, lots of recent travel, and some work deadlines, the blog has taken a longer break than I would have liked. My apologies!
But moving on to the more fun part of the post! :) This past weekend I took a trip up the CA coast to celebrate a long Easter weekend with my parents. Ever since I was little, my family has taken almost yearly trips to a little coastal town in Northern CA called Sea Ranch, and it's truly one of my favorite spots on earth. The beauty of the place is beyond words, and surprisingly, it's still somewhat of an unknown treasure, since many folks (including Northern CA locals!) have never even heard of it. Anyway, for those who have never heard of the place, I thought I'd share some photos:
Sea Ranch is known for its gorgeous, rocky coastline, with lush meadows and cypress trees lining the beaches and sea cliffs. Coastal homes are built amongst the meadows, and trails wind throughout the whole community, providing awesome walking and running opportunities.
The architecture is also very distinctive and recognizable - all homes are clad in raw wood siding or shingles, and the salty sea air quickly weathers the wood to a warm gray, perfectly blending the structures in with the surrounding landscape. Most homes are oriented towards the sea, with large picture windows facing the ocean, and often take other natural elements like wind and sun direction into account as well.
One of my other favorite things about the place is all of the wildlife. The most adorable coastal deer wander throughout the area, and you can see them most mornings and evenings eating the wild grasses. There are also tons of seals in this stretch of coastline, so you'll often see them sun bathing on the rocks and beaches, or fishing in the ocean.
This trip, we were lucky enough to see lots of tiny seal pups, and we also saw several gray whales right off the coastline, since they're migrating up to Alaska right now. Of course, when I was a kid, one of my favorite activities was to check out the tidepools, since there are some really great ones in the area.
Also, it doesn't hurt that the drive up to Sea Ranch is one of the prettiest around. Lots of amazing vistas and views of the coast, and for those of us coming from the Sacramento area, you also get to drive through the Napa + Sonoma wine country, and see all of the gorgeous vineyards.
You also drive by lots of pastures and ranches, and sometimes the cows decide to share the road!
Anyway, if you're looking for the ultimate relaxing trip, I highly recommend a visit to Sea Ranch. It's seriously the perfect place to get away and unwind. (But be warned, it turns out you're sort of forced to "unplug" and relax while there, since there's no cell service in the area! At least for AT&T customers, there's about a 50 mile stretch along this part of the coast with absolutely no service.) Regardless, it's such a unique and gorgeous spot, truly a gem in Northern CA.
Hope you're having a great day!