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North Coast Winds - January 2015


North Coast Winds - January 2015

by Robin Joy Wellman

Breathe! The New Year is here. We can all look forward to beginning with an open heart, an open mind, and bringing in all that is positive. I would like to share these words I have in my home from Christian D. Larson “Promise Yourself: To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own……. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” To see the whole quote visit These words have helped me many times weed through how and who I want to be.  Take every step this year focusing on what is good cleaning out the bad, unwanted clutter in your life in your home and social life. And most of all surround yourself with positive people as you start your New Year.

OK – and with all those good people let’s get moving outdoors. The ‘First Day Hike’ at Fort Ross State Historic Park is a good way to start the New Year outdoors. Giving us our First Day blessing is Kashaya elder/healer, Lorin Smith. He will join us at the hike sending us off with a Kashaya prayer and some stories. We are also honored to have Dan Murley as our lead who will share many of the natural wonders of this land as well as a bit of history of people and place. The hike will start at 10:00 AM January 1st, 2015. Please meet in the parking lot at Fort Ross SHP. We will car pool to the start of the hike which is across from the old historic orchard on Fort Ross Road. The hike is moderate. Please bring a lunch.

Salt Point State Park will also host a “First Day” hike. To find out the start time and more information visit Out and about on the coast the Gualala Art Center has a full calendar in January starting with chamber music, art exhibit openings, lectures, and hikes. Visit them at

This month I want to focus on the Point Arena Lighthouse and all their exciting plans. The Lighthouse is situated on the closest point of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States and is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. The isolation and serenity of the Point makes it a great place to take a vacation, a day long hike, and learn some fascinating history. The Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height(115 feet) that you can climb to the top! Access to the lantern room provides a panoramic view of the rugged California coast and of the ocean. Open 10:00am to 3:30pm every day in the Winter The Point Arena Lighthouse organization has brought back their lecture series which includes wonderful speakers. They offer wedding packages, lodging, and private tours. They also have a newly renovated gift shop with many take aways. This spectacular spot on our coast is located right next to the new Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a unique and one of a kind area that includes access to 12 coastal miles of undeveloped federal and state-managed public lands, coastal bluffs, the estuary of the Garcia River, sandy beaches and dunes, and adjacent small islands accessible during low tide. Come to the coast, stop in Jenner for your coffee, brunch with friends, deli sandwiches, and gas. Take in the river mouth, the harbor seals, and just keep driving north through the sweetest little town of Gualala and Anchor Bay for an adventure. Wishing you all a great year.