On Friday afternoon I met 'the girls' at Shelter Cove where we camped before the long shuttle to Mattole on Saturday morning.
Statue of Mario Machi, the founder of Shelter Cove
Paige, Kris, and Heidi check out the lighthouse at Shelter Cove
Ready to cause mischief
This lighthouse was originally at Cape Mendocino
It was moved to Shelter Cove several years ago
We saw these picnic tables and immediately decided to pose.
Paige preps her camera to photograph us doing something silly.
It wouldn't be a girls campout without lots and lots of wine.
Tidepools and flowers at Shelter Cove
Cormorants and a Harbor Seal
At shelter cove tidepools
Looking south along the Lost Coast from Shelter Cove
Beach debris - an old motor?
It says 'BARR MARINE PHILA PA'
Paige plays pool in the bar at the Shelter Cove Golfcourse
Sunset from behind the restaurant where we had dinner
Theresa and Kris in the morning.
The Northern California hiker haulers.
Frank, Marcy, Pavla, and Peter all arrived before 9:30
At Black Sands beach parking where we leave the cars for the thru-hikers
A sign describes the points of interest along the 25 miles of beach between here and Mattole
Looking north up the Lost Coast from Black Sands Beach
But we're just leaving cars here - we all pile into a few trucks that will take us to the north end of the trail at Mattole
Picnic lunch at Mattole
The Kings Peak road wasn't difficult for a 4WD high clearance vehicle, but it took quite a while.
Trucks lined up at Mattole
Karen and I helped shuttle everyone since she was just there for the day and I was only going in for one night and back out the next morning
Northern California Hikers
From L to R: Me, Pavla, Frank, Marcy, Heidi, Peter, Paige, Theresa, Kris
Follow the yellow brick road
The beginning of the old jeep trail was covered in yellow flowers
Heading down the beach
This part reminded me of Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan, a place I spent a lot of time at when I was growing up
The coast up close
The whole hike is along the seashore. We tried to stick to the old jeep trail where it still existed - walking on the sand is hard.
Backpackers and fog
Backpackers on the beach
Frank, Paige, and Peter
A stream empties into the Pacific
On the no-longer Yellow Brick Road
A thingee on the beach
A stream crossing
With the private cabins in the background
Frank crosses the stream
Paige waits for everyone to cross
Some changed their footwear - others just plowed through and dealt with wet feet
Approaching the Punta Gorda lighthouse
It is now abandoned but standing strong along the Lost Coast
Punta Gorda Lighthouse
Paige and Peter head down the jeep trail
Fancy beach shelter by the lighthouse
There were several shelters in a row. This was our central gathering place.
Paige poses in the door to our shelter.
The shelter had a covered sleeping half, and another two 'living room' sections where we cooked and had a fire
The outside of the shelter
Decorated with beach debris
The shelter mascot - why he had fangs, we'll never know
Theresa plays with the decorations
Frank models a chiton shell that we found by the Lighthouse
Theresa and Kris in the lighthouse
Looking north along the Lost Coast from the Punta Gorda lighthouse
We think the little building was the storage for the oil for the lighthouse - either that, or radioactive waste ;)
Paige and Marcy on the lighthouse