Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lost Coast Before the Tsunami

If you drive from Ferndale toward the coast you'll find a little-used sometimes dirt road that winds steeply South along the coast and across mountainous cliffs.  There is the occasional ranch house and infrequently a pickup truck goes by - sometimes you have to pull off to the side of the road to let someone by, as it's a one-lane road in places.

Toward the end of the road are two day-use BLM areas - this area was once used by the military and the BLM hasn't decided what to do with it yet.  Although people along the coast know of "Lost Coast", they usually don't know anything about this part of it that dead ends at someone's home.

We spent the night at the furthest area, arriving after dark.  Soon after we arrived, a storm came in, making the RV rock from all directions all night.  The morning brought a bit of a sun break so we walked down 1/2 miles of steep terrain to the beach and back.  The remnants of the Japanese tsunami hit the coast about noon that day, but we were already gone and completely unaware of the earthquake and tsunami.

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