Winter along the Northern California coast is like none other. I love the lighting our winter skies create - great for late afternoon photography, where high clouds make for purple hues and, when the sun pokes out, the greens and blues of the ocean and sky come to life. Get your camera and take a Photographer's Tour venture with us… and check out the latest blog from Timber Cove Inn about Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours.
We are so very thankful for our guests and their participation. We love hearing your feedback - it's helpful and rewarding. Keep us posted on how your experience with Unbeaten Path was. I will be starting a Testimonials page soon - until then; Thank you to Harris G. from New Jersey for his latest feedback on our architectural tour. Their's was a mixed group of people with varying ability level. This tour was a perfect match and we appreciate Harris's acknowledgement and support. Check out our architectural or meandering walk tours!
"We were looking for a relatively easy hike for our group so that everyone would be comfortable independent of their fitness level. Margaret found the perfect walk along the shoreline for us. The views were fantastic, and her knowledge of the area made it even more enjoyable. I highly recommend her for any group unfamiliar with the Sonoma coast." - Harris G., New Jersey
Scratch first, itch later - Zen Proverb
Here, along the coast of Northern California one easily sees the importance of these sand formations - whenever you see a sand dune - you know you are in an area that needs the protection of those very dunes. This particular beach takes on heavy winds all the time - in this photo I took, you can easily see how this linear dune protects this highly sensitive bluff. Also, when the beach itself is ravaged by storm surge in the winter months, these very dunes will provide a necessary reservoir of sand for this coastal region. Not only are sand dunes critical to the environment and ecology of the region, they are also spectacular to see - I am always awed by their smooth lines and curvatures along such a wind driven and active coast line.
So, what are sand dunes???? As sand accumulates on a beach area, several forces work together to move deposited sediments inland, where they form dunes. Waves continue to push sand up onto the shore, and winds carry dry sand away from the water. Eventually, piles of this sand become contained and fortified by various grasses, shrubs and other coastal vegetation. These piles of sand are known as coastal sand dunes. Sand dunes also provide a foundation for ecosystems made up of a wide variety of coastal life. Rodents carve out extensive burrows and vegetation and insects of all kinds have adapted to live in a dune's sandy environment.
These dunes are just one of the many incredible sights to see when visiting this region... so when you come up to Northern California give Unbeaten Path a call and let us show you something unforgettable!
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost
Hike the road less traveled with Unbeaten Path! It's peaceful, breathtaking, untouched, crisp, clear, blissful and soulful! Our FAVORITE TIME of year!
Let Unbeaten Path take care of you with our customized picnic dining locations. We can make picnics a part of your tour or bring you to a special location (like this one) to enjoy your picnic on your own. How awesome is that?
Wonderful! ... without doing this guided hike we would not have ventured out onto this trail and would have missed a great experience!" - Tony L., San Francisco, CA
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