Passing Through Point Reyes Station

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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Profile shot of the abandoned boat at the Point Reyes Station in the lagoon.
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The dilapidated boat at Point Reyes Station and lagoon
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The view as you walk behind the station to see the boat and lagoon.
Bird view of Point Reyes boat
Bird’s Eye View of Point Reyes Station

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Daisy Surfs the World

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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Surf City, Huntington Beach Pier

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.

Huntington Beach reminds me a lot of Waikiki

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

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Working on my cutbacks was so much fun.

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.

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Fun waves in Huntington Beach.

In all, Huntington Beach was another amazing experience. A different vibe, a friendly vibe and definitely memorable.

Recommendations

  • 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.
  • Check out Sanchos Tacos close by. Amazing fish tacos!
  • Bring sun screen and a towel.
  • 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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Bird Rock, La Jolla

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.

Here’s the cam from Surfline.com of Bird Rock.

This break is very pleasant and you’ll love the scenery, views, water temperature and the way the wave breaks.

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Nice break in the middle of the beach.

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.

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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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Party wave at Bird Rock Beach
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Fun in the water at Bird Rock Beach
After surfing Black’s at Torrey Pines, it was time to let go of the wetsuit

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The water felt so good.
The sun felt amazing bouncing off my back while riding one down.

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