The area around the Point Arena Lighthouse was gorgeous. Unfortunately, we arrived after hours to tour or even get close to the Lighthouse. We couldn't get past those trees that you see prominently in the picture. Nevertheless, we enjoyed this spot. Wanna see some more reasons why? Follow the photos below! :o)
Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California is a really cool place to visit. It's not a far walk from where you park, but the steps were a little shady getting down to the beach. Hopefully they will be filled in soon, but if not, just take your time to get down there. Just as the name implies, the area is filled with sea glass!
How and why is there so much sea glass at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg?
The paired down story is: This area was a garbage dump in times past. All the glass that was chucked over the hillside eventually was smoothed by the water and that nasty pile of garbage turned into a shore of sea glass glistening like gems stones. It is truly incredible that the design of our Earth enables it to take trash and turn it into what you see above!
What should I do at Glass Beach and what should I NOT do?
Located on the owner's property, Getchell Cottage is a cute little place just minutes from the town of Gualala, California. The cottage has it's own walkway from where you can park your car (with a nice view of the ocean!), but everyone at Paula's house is really nice and you will probably see them on your way in or out, so do say hello!
You'll pass the Sea Ranch Lodge, a boutique hotel with a spa and art gallery, about 12 miles or so before you reach the cottage.
The town of Gualala took it's name from it's river when the Pomo Indians chose the name Gualala for it's meaning "water coming down place" according to www.gualala.com. There is some interesting historical information there as well as valuable traveler information and fun facts including famous movies and shows that were filmed in the area!
Cute and tiny, I enjoyed driving through the main street of town, but did not have the opportunity to stop as we already had other things planned. There is a lot to do around here for the active and outdoorsy person who loves hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, fishing, and the like.
A Few Of My Favorite Things!
The airbnb listing offers so many photos that help you appreciate the layout of the cottage. I felt compelled to capture the personality and details that I loved. Let's start at the back of the house:
Touristy Things in San Francisco
If you're just passing through San Francisco, you can easily hit touristy attractions in a short time. While I love delving into the less known and more local side of a destination, I still like to hit the major attractions. Obviously, it's easier to be submersed in local life when you are somewhere for a longer period of time than a day or so.
Drive Down Lombard Street - The Most Crooked Street in San Francisco
So you want a convertible, eh?
_DERRRRR! Who doesn't!? Before traveling, I read that the best way to road trip California was via a convertible. I have to whole heartedly agree now that I have done it. California is so scenic and between mountains, valleys, farmland, vineyards, and the Pacific Coast, there is so much to see. Being in a convertible allows you to be more immersed in that adventure and in all of the scenes that surround you. I loved it!
I never thought I could afford to rent a convertible
Flight 606 runs from PIT to SFO, leaving Pittsburgh at 7:05am and arriving about 5 hours and 40 minutes later at 9:45 am.
Wait. That's not adding up right, is it? Don't forget there is a 3 hour time difference from the east coast to the west coast here in USA. ;-)
TSA at PIT
After staying up most of the night to pack (not so much procrastinating as an over-booked life) we awoke groggy-eyed with just a couple hours of sleep and the bags under our eyes to prove it. With bags under our eyes and arms, we did a final check around the house and peeled out.
Parking Options: Pittsburgh International Airport
There are a variety of options for cheap parking at Pittsburgh International Airport, and some not so cheap. Of course, if you live close enough, you might have a cherished friend or family member who is willing to provide the drop-off/pick-up! Unfortunately, we don't live close enough.
Still, there are options people! And these options apply to pretty much any major airport.
Here are 3 that I have used in varying circumstances:
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