Tuesday Photo Challenge – Coast

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This week in the Tuesday Photo Challenge we are given the word coast. The last time I visited the coast was almost two years ago. On my birthday in December 2017 one fo my friends that owns a sport car took me for a drive along the coast of California. For some reason I happened to surround myself with people that wanted to go to the coast all the time that year. I don’t know how many times I walked the beaches of the California coastline 2017. I had made the drive along the magical Highway 101 many times, but never in the style that I did on my birthday. We drove to The Lost Coast and hiked there for two days. It was fabulous and very very cold!

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During this trip we stayed at an amazing Airbnb along the coast. The hosts had an endless supply of stories about The Lost Coast up their sleeves, accompanied with three course meals both nights we stayed there. The food was organic, locally sourced, and the vegetables were from their own garden. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

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I have a lot of respect for the ocean, and I can not see myself living close to one. I am more of a mountain person. I do enjoy visiting the ocean every now and then. Every trip is very special.

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What coastline do you think about when you hear the word coast? I spent a lot of time around the Mediterranean Sea growing up, but as an adult going to the coast usually meant the West Coast of Sweden, or The Pacific Coast.

The coast is an edgy place. Living on the coast presents certain stark realities and a wild, rare beauty. Continent confronts ocean. Weather intensifies. It’s a place of tide and tantrum; of flirtations among fresh- and saltwaters, forests and shores; of tense negotiations with an ocean that gives much but demands more. Every year the raw rim that is this coast gets hammered and reshaped like molten bronze. This place roils with power and a sometimes terrible beauty. The coast remains youthful, daring, uncertain about tomorrow. The guessing, the risk; in a way, we’re all thrill seekers here. 
Carl Safina, The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World

The Lost Coast is amazing, and it fills me with excitement to hike there. The first time I visited was when my daughter was a baby, and I’ll never forget that time. It’s not only the hiking that is extremely beautiful, the people in these coastal towns are beautiful as well. There’s villages hidden in those redwood forests along the coast that exist in another dimension. Where people live in small self sustaining communities, without many of the conveniences we take for granted. I hope you enjoyed these photos from the coast of California.

Love,

Maria

31 Comments on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Coast

  1. Great photos. That little birthday trip sounds like a wonderful adventure. I love the mountains and could be happy being in the mountains, but have been gravitating more towards the coast as I age…

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  2. Beautiful photos, Maria, and great quote. The Lost Coast is a gorgeous area; northern CA is one of my favorite places to visit. I think when we think ‘coast’ what comes to mind is what we were first exposed to … in my case, New England’s coast, Maine to Cape Cod and Rhode Island.
    I love visiting the ocean, walking the beaches, watching the birds. Other than the fact that housing is overpriced, the storms (and now rising sea levels) make it a poor choice for real estate, IMO. In the next few years, I believe we’ll see major coastal cities in real trouble. Just yesterday, Boston was flooded by a ‘king tide.’ Miami floods regularly. Scary to think about.

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    • I do think about all those flooding when I think about coastal towns. The Airbnb we stayed at could see the ocean from their house, but said that when the lady of the house was a little girl they lived far from the ocean (in the same house)..that is scary! The East coast is beautiful. I have not spent as much time there as on the West coast, but I can understand the thrill of walking the beaches and looking at birds there.

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  3. I can almost hear the ocean looking at your beautiful pictures, our primary school was right on the beach, Umina, NSW, Aus (wagged school a lot) haha. Spent my teenage years between surfing & horse riding. Awesome memories. Thanks for sharing.

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