We drove through a narrow rutted path and out onto the wide, empty beach.
The wind driven fog was blowing past, giving us white out conditions one moment, and brilliant sun another. Lewis was beyond excited. He ran and barked and pranced and barked and sniffed and chortled and raced out of sight only to come flying back through the fog to crash into us with joy.
We didn't bring his ball so as to not have the rather expensive "sand" problem we had our last beach day with him. He didn't seem to mind not having his toy, but clearly didn't want us to have a toy either.
|Dave tried to keep his walking stick|
but Lew had other plans for it
After lunch we continued our walk north toward Seven Devil's State Park. About a half mile from where we left the jeep we came to a large rock formation full of fantastic concretions.
We crawled around on the rocks awhile before starting our walk back down the beach.
|the fog moves inland|
Lewis and I left our shoes in the jeep so we just waded through the shallow creek dividing the beach. Dave didn't, so he had to find a more creative way to get to the other side.
After waiting a few minutes for another car to try and get through the deeply rutted sandy exit from the beach, our dear jeep just drove through as if it was on a paved road....we're so happy we have it!
Once off the beach and out of the parking lot we continued north on Seven Devil's Road towards Cape Arago. After a mile or so the road narrowed and turned to gravel as it wound up and through the partly logged forest.
We came out at the small boat harbor at Charleston as the marine layer was closing in once again.
We found we could drive out on the south jetty among the commercial fishing boats and spent a few minutes watching a boat from Hawaii unload large and solidly frozen fish at one of the fisheries there.
We continued our drive to Cape Arago State Park and Simpson Reef, but we could not see even a few feet off the road. We could hear the large population of seals and sea lions resting on the reef, but they were invisible to us. We'll definitely make another trip back up that way, many interesting things to see, when you can see!