~ California Highway One
and Muir Woods ~

This portion of California Highway One runs from Stewarts Point to Point Reyes.

California State Route 1, more often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along much of the Pacific coast of California. It is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, leading to its designation as an All-American Road.

Highway 1 has several portions designated as either Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), the Cabrillo Highway, the Shoreline Highway, or the Coast Highway. The entire route is also designated as a Blue Star Memorial Highway to recognize those in the United States armed forces. Smaller segments of the highway have been assigned several other names by the state and municipal governments.

Getting There

on another road not recommended for motor homes or trailers

Mountain lake

Boating fun

Yes, my GPS found another twisty-turny. up and down roller coaster road (California Route 128) through mountains not intended to be traversed. At various times there was no center line and at other times there was only one lane. Then there were the construction areas with one way traffic.

The "construction" consisted of grading this dirt along the highway (and I use that term very liberally), which was dumped there by construction crew trucks. I didn't even try to figure it out. The good thing about this road? Well, it put me back in redwood country and it did get me to the coast.


Redwoods hugger

The Haupt Creek Bridge (one lane only) was originally erected over Haupt Creek in 1909. This was not Haupt Creek. The bridge was relocated to this spot on California Route 128 or Geyserville Road in 1937.

I finally reached the coast

I saw a lot of birds flying around. Those may be bald eagles on the left. The one on the right was actually hovering in preparation for a dive.

This could be Stewarts Point, but I wouldn't bet on it. Most locations are poorly marked.

The waves were breaking all day


Fence to nowhere
I have no idea what those brownish-green things are growing on the shore, perhaps some type of seaweed. It looks like an invasion of little, submariner Martians. I also have no idea why the rocks are all pock-marked with small indentations. On the right it seems part of the fence (and cliff) ended up in the ocean.

On the other side of Highway One are mountains and this collapsed house

Back to the coast which is the real draw here

Another hovering bird looking for a meal

Surf and a seaweed bed

Keeping the mountain off the road

The relentless ocean
I noticed in several places where retaining walls were built that California tries to give them a natural appearance

Left is looking down the cliff. On the right is looking back north from where I had come along the Coast Highway

Half dozen black water fowl on a rock

Silvery Seas

It looked like a large fog bank coming in from the sea

Even on down the coast

More silvery seas on the left. At first glance, I thought someone was collecting driftwood and keeping it fenced in. Upon closer inspection, I saw this was a squatter's site. Those are shelters made from driftwood. There are items that look like backpacks in one and what appears to be a person near the two on the right. They could be homeless people.

Highway One turned inland near here to go around the Point Reyes National Seashore. The building is the Tomales, California, Town Hall. Tomales is an unincorporated town and home to about 200 people. The high school is the largest employer and there are 250 students enrolled.

This area of Highway One is home to the barkless trees. I don't know why but many of the trees along this stretch had no bark. They had greenery, so they were alive, but no bark.

Tomales Bay is a long, narrow body of water, like a fjord, running between Point Reyes and the mainland

Sliding mountain area

A last look at the Pacific and Highway One

Muir Woods

On Jan. 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed legislation establishing Muir Woods National Monument. William and Elizabeth Kent had donated the woods to save the trees, and asked that it be named after John Muir. Upon learning of its dedication, Mr. Muir declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world."
Muir Woods National Monument celebrated its 100th Anniversary on January 9, 2008. Muir Woods was the first National Monument created in an urban setting allowing people easy access. Today more than 800,000 people from all over the world come to visit each year.
Muir Woods is 12 miles north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 559 acres, of which 240 acres are old growth Coast Redwood forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When I took the photo on the right, I did not notice the heron in the stream in the lower left quadrant

I arrived too late to enjoy the redwood section of Muir Woods

Muir Woods is all about trees

On the way out of Muir Woods I spotted this moon. They may be the clearest moon shots I've taken to date.

As the fog rolled in and the skies darkened, I headed on down Highway One again. Unbeknownst to me I was headed for San Francisco.

Music is "Silver Spring"

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