Mendocino: lighthouses, headlands and bowling

Morning in the Fort Bragg was calm and fresh with no clouds to the very horizon. It was hard to believe that dense yesterday clouds covered everything. The day was perfect for the road trip on the Coastal Highway.
04.03. Mendocino Headlands

Point Cabrillo

Our next stop wasn’t far from the Fort Bragg and Russian Gulch State Park. One of the most complete with a working lens lighthouse is a must stop. Though it was built only in 1909, the station has a vivid history. It’s even simulated Soviet radars during the Cold War. Right now it’s a part of California State Parks system.
04.03. Point Cabrillo
04.03. Point Cabrillo
04.03. Point Cabrillo
04.03. Point Cabrillo

Mendocino Headlands

The most touristic place in the Mendocino. It’s hard not to love this bright emerald blue color of the water, the dozens of caves and artistic arches. There is a trail along the coast with a hundred of places where you could take millions of beautiful shots.
04.03. Mendocino Headlands
04.03. Mendocino Headlands
04.03. Mendocino Headlands
04.03. Mendocino Headlands
04.03. Mendocino Headlands
04.03. Mendocino Headlands

Point Arena

On the second month of my life in the USA, my friend took me on the trip along the north coast. It was the middle of the day when we saw rising column like a lighthouse. After paying $7, we took a tour to the top. That moment my heart fell in love with this place.
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After two years I took Eugene to the Point Arena, and the emotions were the same
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena
04.03. Point Arena

Schooner Gulch State Beach

If you hear the name Schooner Gulch State Beach, hardly you will know what this place is. I’m afraid only locals know what is all about. At the same time it’s very popular place, and of course very photographed.
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
Bowling Ball Beach is the part of the state park and the reasons of the majority of the visits. But it’s not that easy to find the correct beach.
We parked in the small lot and took a trail. The trail was easy and not very long, but when we entered the beach, we didn’t find famous rocky balls. Both of us were pretty tired, but my insistence decided that we should take another trail forked near the very beach. So we did it. We walk uphill and saw the long line of the beach and the furthest looks like the one from the photos. We tried few more small trail until finally reached the place with balls.
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
04.03. Bowling Ball Beach
Note for everyone who decided to visit beach: the are two trails starting from the parking space. You need the northern one!

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