Winter on the Lost Coast

A couple of weeks ago, Kelly and I took the dogs up to the lost coast to go backpacking. It took us seven hours to get to the trail head from San Francisco. I'm not going to lie, the drive was intense and I don't think there's a way around it, unfortunately. Was it worth it for the trip? I think the photos prove that it was. 

My super slouch hat kept me warm and also what I like to call 'camping chic.'  

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One of my favorite things about backpacking in California is being able to sit back, relax, and take in the view--with a bottle of wine! Recently we've discovered the perks of 'single serving' box wine (single in quotes because there are 3 glasses per box even though the look little). These little dudes let me maintain that 'camping chic' vibe all the way to the fire pit. And then in the morning I am packing out a foldable cardboard box instead of a heavy glass bottle. I highly recommend! 

Hiking along the lost coast is fairly straight forward as long as your calves are willing to put up with hours of sand walking. The one thing that you have to look out for is the tide. I say that like it's no big deal, but it is a really, really big deal. On the map there are markers for impassable locations along the trail because the tide is at full throttle. Trust the map, friends, trust the map. We saw a few hikers get stuck on the bluffs for several hours when the tide was full. The Pacific is no joke. 

The Pacific Ocean will draw you in and swallow you up

For our trip, we did a pretty good job at reading tide charts and moving with nature, but there was one moment while we were hiking out when we caught up with a major flow. We ran through it and were totally fine, but when we got to the top Kelly yelled, "Hey, turn around!" and caught the, "I don't know if we should be stopping here..." look on my face (Mogwai's too). 

I'm a firm believer that a photo can never catch a California sunset. There's something about the Pacific that is better left for the in person experience. The Pacific Ocean will draw you in and swallow you up. I'm so happy to live in a place where I can draw inspiration for my craft from the environment around me. Looking forward to creating something that represents The Lost Coast!