Experiencing Northern California Nature In The Spring

Cali CoastThe Northern California coast has a lot to offer visitors, especially in the spring. Whether you are interested in seal watching, hiking or spending time at the beach, you can find it here. Only three miles north of Fort Bragg is MacKerricher State Park. Located right on the coast, this park brings forests, wetlands, dunes, bluffs and the beach all together in one place for you to enjoy.

 

 

Upon arrival you can follow the Laguna Point Boardwalk for the best views that the park, and northern California, have to offer. On the ocean-side of the boardwalk, you can see the rocky, wavy coast stretch for miles. And year-round there is a seal watching station for visitors that want to catch a glimpse of seals and their pups in a natural habitat.

 

 

However in the spring, visitors have the added benefit of seeing humpback and gray whales. Breaching every hundred yards or so, these whales make their annual migration right past Laguna Point and its boardwalk. As you continue through the grasslands of the park’s interior, a 1.3-mile loop of the trail surrounds Lake Cleone, a perfect place for a picnic, complete with fire pits and grill.

 

 

This freshwater lake, which provides beautiful views of water and greenery, used to be a tidal lagoon. Today, it is the home or pit stop of more than 90 different species of birds. Keep an eye out while you rest at Lake Cleone for birds you may have never seen before that are only found in Northern California. After a stop at the lake, head north within MacKerricher State Park, to find Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dune Preserve.

 

 

The dunes, which might appear desolate and isolated upon first glance, provide the perfect environment for unique eco-systems. Untouched (not unaffected) by human development, these habitats can sustain species of wildlife that are threatened or even currently endangered. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the beach admiring the dunes rather than walking on and through the places where sensitive species are trying to survive.

 

 

Springtime in Northern California brings with it endless nature and wildlife to visitors. From tiny insects to huge humpback whales, explorers can experience it all season long. Quality walking or hiking are a must as the terrain changes between wooden boardwalk, a sandy beach and grass paths. The second most important thing to bring along is your camera. The views and elements of spring along the Northern Coast of California should be captured to maintain memories for years.

Mendocino: a Prolific Dose of Earth

Mendocino CountyThe Northern California coast offers the most unique environment anyone could want in a vacation or quick getaway. Breathtaking, but almost otherworldly, the untamed Pacific Ocean reaches and crashes on beachfront as equally wild. In Mendocino County, in particular, Mother Nature has gifted us a terrain unparalleled with any other across the country.

 
A young earth consistently raising from beneath, with very active fault activity not far below the surface, this magnificent corner of earth is constantly shifting and changing. Dotted with 20 foot boulders, this coastline is a spectacular wilderness to truly behold. Inspiring, rugged and intimidating, the Mendocino County Pacific coast is to be reckoned with.

 
But the Pacific coastline isn’t the only thing distinctive about this fantastic plot of California. These spectacular surroundings make for an environment yielding of not only amazing serenity and power, but some of the finest growing conditions in the world. And because of this, Mendocino County offers cultivators among the greatest wine growing conditions ever experienced.

 
The steadily sloping dips and cols blanketed by a steady westerly breeze of the Pacific Ocean, consisting of some of the most nourishing soil this side of the Mississippi River, combine for a grape farmer’s dream. A component to the world renowned North Coast American Viticulture Area (NCAVA), our humble county turns out the best of California wines. Visitors from across the globe pay homage to the region for the opportunity to enjoy the greatest wines in the world.

 
So if you have a wanderlust which can only be quenched by the opportunity to explore nature at its most expressive, you need to take a trip to the northern most reaches of the Golden State. For the best of what earth has to offer all around, hike, drink and swim in Mendocino County at the first chance you can!