Our California Road Trip: Days 10-12

01 Aug, 2018

Head’s Up!  Sit back, grab one of our ciders and enjoy this jampacked part of our trip.

Day 10: We left San Francisco and drove over the Golden Gate Bridge for our first stop; the northern Golden Gate Bridge overlook for this awesome view of the city and the bay framed by the north and south towers of the bridge.

We said goodbye to the bridge and the city and headed up US-101 for a few miles then took the California State Road 1 (aka Shoreline Highway) exit toward Mill Valley, where we stopped at Equator Coffees for our morning fix of java…

With a couple cups of Equator Coffees’ amazing coffee in hand, we continue on Shoreline Highway toward Muir Beach and Point Reyes National Seashore Park.

Row of mailboxes outside entrance to Muir Beach
Muir Beach from the Muir Beach overlook
Rocky Point Campground
Stinson Beach

There were so many places along Shoreline Highway that we wanted to spend more time at but we resisted the temptation (for this trip) and finally reached our intended destination for the day, the Point Reyes National Seashore Park.  This was our first ever visit and it was more beautiful than we had imagined.

Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes National Seashore

Day 11:  We arrived in Fort Bragg, today and made a beeline to the famous Glass Beach, which is part of MacKerricher State Park.

Over the years the glass bottles discarded at this designated “water dump” in the mid-1900’s broke down because of the action of the surf, and were ground into glass “diamonds” or “sea glass” as the locals like to refer to them.

Dave from Vacaville prospecting for glass “diamonds” at Glass Beach! He was there with his wife Billy who was a bit camera-shy.


Meeting Ben, Lisa, Dove and Danielle at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg really brightened up an otherwise overcast day!  What a fun group of people, who also happen to look great modeling our t-shirts!

If you want to learn more about the history of Glass Beach in Fort Bragg click on the following link to Wikipedia:


We had planned on continuing on our way north and heading to Eureka but it was getting late so we decided to spend the night in Fort Bragg… and we are so glad we did.  On the advice of Ben, Lisa, Dove and Danielle, we had dinner at Sea Pal Cove restaurant; very cool setting, friendly staff, and tasty food, especially the fish and chips!




Day 12 : We continued north on Shoreline Highway toward California’s “Lost Coast”, a stretch of coastline north of Rockport and south of Eureka that does not have major road access and remains largely undeveloped.

On Shoreline Highway just north of the town of Wesport and before we turned inland.

Just north of Rockport we turn inland toward Leggett and Hwy-101, which takes us to our next stop, The Avenue of The Giants.