Welcome to Point St. George Beach!

DSC01376The small hike down to the beach is worth it. The low tide gives many promises to a long vast land of sand, stone, and life. The beach is very flat, or so it seems, when the tide is high. When the tide is low, however, you will see many mountains of rocks. The rocks will take you way out into the ocean, far enough from the norm for a person to feel as if they are in a different land.

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Your success as a beach-goer is determined by time. In the two pictures above, there are sea anemones sun bathing on a rock (which also happens to be their home). If it were not low tide, I would not have been able to share this beautiful picture with you. During low tide, you can truly see the beauty of other living things that are more unknown to us than we ever knew before. The sea shells on the sea anemone body camouflage it to look as if it is part of the sand and part of the rock. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll see hundreds of anemones grouped together.

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Point St. George beach is a great place to bring family during the low tide… or anytime! The beach is flat so running and playing is easy. All kids, teenagers, and adults, thoroughly enjoy finding the wildlife in a place as simple as under a rock.

How do I know when it is low tide?

Google knows everything! (Well, usually.) Just search for “tides in *Crescent City, CA*” or any beach city you are in. “Tide forecast” or “tide schedule” would also be good terms to use. To read the tide chart, just read the first column and find the time frame you are going to the beach. The following columns in that row will tell you positive “+” or negative “-” numbers. The lower the number, the lower the tide!

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Link to Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Point+St+George/@41.776778,-124.248975,512m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x54d065cfebadb3bd:0xf9bfaaad6649fe46

All photographs taken by me, Arielle deGarcia.

Welcome to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park!

Thursday May 29, 2014 was my first visit to Jedediah Smith. I have lived in the area for three years, yet never found my way to this particular state park to enjoy a day next to the river. The river is still chilly but the still areas in the water are warm. I took the initiative to wet my feet that day… well… wet my legs! The water was warm enough that I had an enjoyable run through the water. Anyone visiting should experience this feeling of happiness!

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The ground is blanketed in clover, giving many little creatures homes and places to hide. There are trails around Jedediah Smith that allow one to enjoy things such as the beautiful clover or the mossy trees. Jedediah Smith is actually a campground so you can camp as well! There are Barbecues for cooking and you can sunbathe, play, or fish in the river!

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Like I said in my last post, it’s the time of year that the flowers are in bloom. The more you walk, the more you shall see. Different shades of purples and pinks, white, and green everywhere you go. No matter where you are looking, there is life.  Even the trees have life forms on them; the mosses blend into the bark almost giving it a glow.

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This state park/campground is approximately 15 minutes from my home. The ease of leaving town and visiting the river will become extremely relieving now that I know this place is available to visit.
FYI: There is a parking fee of $8.00 for cars and prices vary on recreational vehicles.
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Link to Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jedediah+Smith+Redwood+State+Park+Campground/@41.7939758,-124.1033457,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x54d06968e8fe16f3:0xd6eef01f7f3e0455

All photographs are taken by me, Arielle deGarcia.

The sounds and peacefulness of the redwood forests and the life within it are known to relax and relieve stress. Enjoy this video of the sounds of the forest.

Welcome to Mill Creek Trail in Crescent City, CA!

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It seems as if the redwood trees go on and on until they reach the clouds, doesn’t it? The moisture coming off the trees is calming… relaxing. When you visit California, make sure to visit them. Make sure to visit the redwoods in the forest. You must touch them with your own hands, like many others have, and feel the wisdom of hundreds of years past.
DSC01335Mill Creek Trail is one of many trails in the area. This one is up the hill behind my house, through the redwoods, and past several other trails. It is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles to the end and another 1.5 to 2 miles all the way back to the place in which you parked your vehicle. The view this time of year is exquisite. The creek is at full throttle and the water crashes through the rocks leaving a glistening mist behind. I’ve always wanted to go into the clear blue waters, but I fear that the temperature will be too cold, so if anyone else decides to venture into the creek then I’d love to know how amazing it was.

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The wildlife is thriving! So if you are planning on visiting, now is the best time! There are flowers all around, mushrooms growing, blackberries and thimbleberries ripening, and beautiful little wild orchids waiting to be seen. As a reminder: You MUST bring a camera. It is mandatory! Everything you see in this little trail in this little town needs to be shared with the world and appreciated for what Mother Earth gives and creates.
And the most important thing of all is to leave her flowers, branches, and life, all alone and in the condition in which you first laid eyes.
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Link to Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//41.788081,-124.085941/@41.788401,-124.086027,4234m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0?hl=en

All photographs taken by me, Arielle deGarcia.

 
This song, written by Nick 13, is about Highway 101. Highway 101 goes directly through Crescent City, CA.