When I go to Shark’s Tooth Cove, one of my favorite beaches in California, I usually scamper down into the cove and nestle myself between the soaring cliffs and the pounding ocean. I am so in love with the keyhole tunnel and the dramatic sea stacks that I’m quite content, me, the resident ravens, the squads of patrolling pelicans and the occasion nude sunbather.
This time I decided to explore the highlands that surround the cove where farmers cultivate fields of brussels sprouts, and maybe cabbage. I’m glad I did!
There were some guys with a drone checking out the view from all vantage points, maybe one day I’ll enjoy that kind of footage but I would want to try it on a day when no-one else was there as it certainly breaks up the peace for other beach goers, and that’s what this place is all about peace, beauty, inspiration along the coast of Northern California!
Over the holidays I wanted to go tide pooling to see if I could find any of the Hopkins’ Rose Nudibranchs that had been sighted along the coast …. sadly I picked a day when the low tides were both before sunrise and after sunset. Oh well, any day at the shore is a good day!
One of my favorite spots is Shark’s Tooth Cove, in Davenport. It’s so secluded and has dramatic vistas like this keyhole view.
Due to the king tides and winter storms there was more seaweed piled up in the beach than normal for this cove. I decided to take a look.
There was such a variety of seaweed, but it’s a lot more fun to look at when it’s suspended in small pools and undulating with the waves like a feather boa rather than lying lifeless on the beach.
I wasn’t the only one pawing through the seaweed…a pair of ravens that nest in the cliffs were checking it out for any hidden snacks.
I decided that the seaweed not only passed inspection but exquisitely matched my lovely silk jacket that was a special Christmas gift from a very dear friend (thank you CAC)! What a day away at the ocean can’t do for your spirit even without the nudibranchs!
If you have to take a day off from the studio you’ve got to really make it count! My idea of a great day trip usually involves the ocean and since it’s October it might call for a pumpkin patch or two!
So, this was the autumn version of my go to get away. Hightail it to the coast. Pick a beach from my handful of favorites (in this case Shark’s Tooth). Hit a few farmer’s stands. (Rodoni’s Farms) Lunch at Whaler’s Bakery. Supper at Kelley’s Bakery. Browse some vintage or antique shops. (This was La Sirena’s Antique’s.) Bring home a pretty stone, a shell, a jar of honey or if you’re really lucky a pearl and starfish necklace to remind you of you’re get away. If you’re really, really lucky you”ll bring home some peace of mind.