Point Reyes Station is a nice place to visit while traveling through to Point Reyes National Seashore. It was once a critical commercial district where goods passed through via the Pacific Coast Railroad in 1875-1933. The commercial line provided a connection to ferry lines to San Francisco, Sausalito, Tomales Bay and 30 miles north to Cazadero (Russian River).
As a child I found railroad stations exciting, mysterious, and even beautiful, as indeed they often were. Paul Johnson
Writing this blog, I finally understand the railroad tracks while camping in Guerneville and floating down the Russian River (Jazz & Blues Festival on the Russian River is a popular music festival in the summer amongst San Franciscans). I can now understand the connection between San Francisco and Guerneville amongst city dwellers moving to Sonoma County. Here’s 24 things you can do on the Russian River.
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Big Daisy, aka Big D, aka Big DD, aka Daisy Dukes, aka Daisy Bear. Daisy has been with me every surf trip I’ve taken last year. I remember going solo to LA for a weekend and while there, things just weren’t the same. I can’t live without 2 things, my surfboard and my Daisy.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Josh Billings
Here’s some memorable pictures of Daisy hanging loose on our surf trips.
My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet. Edith Wharton
Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. Roger Caras
Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness? Jonathan Safran
A dog can’t think that much about what he’s doing, he just does what feels right. Barbara Kingsolver
Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished. Dean Koontz
Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. Orban Pamuk
Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way. Quentin Tarantino
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. Woodrow Wilson
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. Charles de Gaulle
You can bet on it, Daisy loves the ocean as much as I do. I enjoy watching her sit on he beach and taking all the sounds, smells and views in. She’s such a great side kick and I look forward to taking her on many more trips into the future.
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After having an epic surf session at San Onofre Beach, I couldn’t resist stopping by Surf City, USA. Huntington Beach Pier was definitely one of the top destinations on this trip. I made it a goal specifically to surf here.
Driving from San Onofre and crashing in Orange County for a night, I woke up early and took time to scope out Huntington Beach. It was my first time visiting and I was amazed by what I saw. It looked a lot like Hawaii. On the main corridor of PCH, palm trees lined up adjacent to the highway with expensive looking newly built malls. I wasn’t able to find street parking and so I paid the $15 to park inside Huntington Beach’s parking lot.
Checking out the pier, I was surprised I didn’t see too many surfers, but a lot of beach goers and a huge youth’s life guard training program. There were children ages 7-16 year olds excited to be apart of the program. That’s one thing about Southern California that I do not see very much in Northern California, lifeguards are plentiful.
Checking out the surf, I see a nice break closer to the pier. No wind and 3-4 ft. The weather was nice and hot and I couldn’t wait to get into the water. I decide to suit up.
I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. I was very athletic, playing volleyball and softball. I did gymnastics for about ten years, too. Jasmine Tookes
The water was a dark blue and at this point in the trip, I knew no wetsuit was needed. The paddle out was easy. It was a great feeling. I was already riding my stoke from San Onofre and my game was beginning to tighten up. I was consistent with every wave and my cutbacks were improving. There were a couple of surfers in the line up and there was plenty of space. I took a few lefts and a right. While in the water, I appreciated the coast guard. They were swinging by every 15 minutes driving past us, stopping to say hello and creating swell. It was great.
In all, Huntington Beach was another amazing experience. A different vibe, a friendly vibe and definitely memorable.
Pay $15 for parking, there are showers, clean and new bathrooms
There is a cafe alongside the parking lot and close to the showers. It serves burgers, smoothies and coffee. Nice outdoor seating.
Bring a tent if you plan to beach bum. Prepare to hang out the entire day.
Definitely family friendly, but expect to pay a lot more for a hotel. Very commercial with high end stores.
Beach vibes, many tourists, but there’s also that cool kid scene in the inner city.
In the summer, bring a hybrid surfboard. I was riding my 6’6″ Lost Lazy Toy with board shorts and a shirt.
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After my experience surfing Black’s Beach, I had ventured off into San Diego’s coastline driving from Torrey Pines along PCH all the way down Sunset Cliffs. One of the most family friendly beaches in San Diego, La Jolla’s Bird Rock.
This place rocks! Great for children and families especially on a holiday weekend. Make sure you bring food, water, towels, umbrellas and sunblock. Expect to be hanging out for the entire day.
This break is very pleasant and you’ll love the scenery, views, water temperature and the way the wave breaks.
The only drawback is that it may get crowded if you go too late in the afternoon or during a holiday. Close to Bird Rock, there’s shopping and restaurants on the main corridor. You can also check out Bird Rock Surf Shop if you need wax, sunscreen or equipment.
It’s definitely worth taking a look and jumping in the water. But if you plan to surf, go early since it’s a very popular beach. If not to surf, definitely a great time with friends and family.
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