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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - June 2016


North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - June 2016

Oh Happy Day! Staycation coming my way! I am not sure I love this word but I love the idea of being at home and/or close to home for my vacation time. Working in the garden, washing windows (truly not my favorite but needs to be done), sprucing up the outside, deep cleaning the inside and oh yeah – a good book. I also plan on visiting some local beaches, take a few day long hikes, and sleeping in! A few of the local beaches that I enjoy are Russian Gulch near Jenner, Stump Beach at Salt Point SP, several of the beaches along the Sea Ranch stretch, and Bowling ball beach at Schooner Gulch State Beach ( Salt Point has a great hike that starts across the highway from the parking area at Stump Beach (be careful crossing the highway) leads you into the Rhododendron Reserve which is very beautiful is on my list. Another of my longer hikes will be the special event hosted by Fort Ross State Historic Park and partner Holy Assumption Monastery ( with the pilgrimage climb up Mt. St. Helena June 11th at 8:00 AM. Why a pilgrimage? Of course the local Native People’s considered this place a sacred place, named it, and called it home, but later The Russian American Company (Fort Ross) made this ascent with some documentation as well as placing a sign at the top June 1841. Did you know this mountaintop view is one of the largest view sheds in North America at a height of 4,343 feet with nothing blocking the amazing view? Please visit the web at Fort Ross ( for more information. We are getting an early start to avoid the mid-day heat, bring plenty of water, and a hearty lunch. If you have not climbed this mountain that overlooks our local counties, but you have always wondered about this beautiful place and view than now is the time to join us.

Another local coastal stay at home event I plan on attending is the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary: A National Treasure, a Local Jewel, is a free Photography exhibit curated by Jennifer Stock, Education and Outreach Coordinator for NOAA’s Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Looking at some of the posted photos it’s a must see. The opening reception is June 10, 5 - 7 p.m with the exhibit running June 3 through June 26. (

And from atop the Point Arena Lighthouse I hope to enjoy the ‘Strawberry Full Moon’ and panoramic view of the sea and coast from the lantern room at the top of the Tower June 20. The interpreters will guide you on your journey into the past and explain the unique history of this historic landmark, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Champagne, sparkling juice and snacks will be served at the end of the tour, and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience! The cost is $30 per person and reservations may be made by phone at (707) 882-2809. While I am in Point Arena that day I will say hello to good friends at B. Bryan Preserve. They are super warm and welcoming and love sharing stories about their loved animals ( Of course another day will be hanging out in Jenner, enjoying the views of the Russian River estuary, ocean, and landscapes with some Yerba Matte and a fresh pastry at Café Aquatica, and good friends. Maybe I will try some stand up paddle boarding. Oh wait! Did I say I was fitting in a good book?