But lazing away is all I would do…..give me, instead, the energy of waves crashing on to rocks and I am ready to walk, looking for shells or other wave-washed treasures, wondering what is beyond the next headland.
The Pacific coast from northern California through the central area of Oregon has tremendous rock formations with haystacks extending beyond the beach area into the water. This is the beach off the bed and breakfast Howard Creek Ranch in Newport, California. Low tide provides wonderful pools to examine starfish and mussels and other sealife. Patterns in the sand provide a more than adequate contemplative focus for those who prefer to meditate instead of beach comb.
Further up the coast the state of Oregon has a string of pearls with state parks along the coast. My sister recently visited Cape Sebastian State Park south of Gold Beach.
North of Newport is Lincoln Beach, with one more wonderful haystack.
So, next time, get off I-5 and plan a more leisurely drive along US 101…..the scenery will amaze you.