SF--> Crater Lake--> Port Angeles--> Victoria--> Vancouver--> Portland--> HOME!
We've made a habit of doing at least one international trip a year, so when we started planning around our upcoming life event, we figured we needed to at least make it to Canada this year. First stop, Crater Lake!
We were trekking back up the spit, feeling pleased with ourselves for spotting several harbour seals and two baby otters on the rocky, stump strewn beach. And then...
An otter galloping toward...past...tackling a second otter on the beach two feet away from us. We could see the struggle through the rock crevices, and a moment later one otter was being dragged by the scruff of the neck into the water. And then things got very National Geographic.
We watched until it started feeling a little creepy. Then, standing in the rain, we stayed for another half hour. About twenty minutes in we noticed another tiny commotion thirty feet farther out in the water and realized that it was actually another otter couple going at it. Oh, Canada!
"Travel More" was our goal of the week, in an attempt to take advantage of our last few months with just the two of us (sort of). We're still gearing up for our big road trip up to Victoria, BC in April, but, hey, I'm more than willing for as many mini-getaways as possible! Timber Cove is just about 2 hours north of SF, but has the feel of being really far away from it all. It's situated on rugged bluffs amid winding trails, and is about half an hour away from its nearest town (Jenner, with population 170!). I already want to go back!
Took Kortum Trail for about 3 miles or so along the rugged coastline of Sonoma Coast State Beach, and up to the top of a rather intimidating hill with a stunning view of the surrounding cliffs. If it had been a bit less foggy we would have been able to see Goat Rock just a few miles down (our planned destination for the following day). However, after braving that hill we were more in the mood for a delicious seafood lunch in Bodega Bay (The Tides not only has yummy food, but also great windows for watching frolicking sea lions!) rather than several more hours worth of hiking.
Back at the reliable Edgewood Preserve. Our last time there we followed the reliable BAHiker route, but this time we wanted something closer to 3 miles, so we picked up a trail map in the parking lot and picked our own route. The park is as beautiful in spring as it is in fall, and we even came across a family of deer lunching in the meadow.