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Winter Trip Stop 6: BEACH ALONG HIGHWAY 101

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”  Jacques Cousteau

We were heading home on our Winter Trip by driving from Medford, Oregon, to Eureka, California.  Covering about 200 miles, this day’s drive was actually the shortest leg of our trip. Earlier in the day, we visited Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, enjoying all those great trees.  We would reach the hotel in a couple hours.

But then, a couple miles south of Crescent City, we spotted a pretty little stretch of beach, literally right next to Highway 101.

This small stretch featured black sand, rocks, driftwood, and pounding waves. Its beauty called to us, and the beach became the sixth stop on our trip.  My friend hiked the beach a bit, even in the cold wet weather, collecting some driftwood.  I simply enjoyed watching and listening to the waves.  They were mesmerizing, soothing, almost spiritual.  I could stay here all day!

These videos capture the allure of the crashing waves.


“I go to the sea, and the sea. . . with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”   Rainer Maria Rilke

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.  The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.”   Kate Chopin

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”  Rachel Carson

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch—we are going back from whence we came.”  John F. Kennedy

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.”   Helen Keller

“The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea.”   Isak Dinesen

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My life is like a stroll on the beach. . . as near to the edge as I can go.”  Henry David Thoreau

“Sponges grow in the ocean. That just ‘gets’ me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.”  Steven Wright

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