Secret Beach #3 On The Mendocino Coast (#343)

One of my favorite adventures on the north coast of California is finding secret beaches.  Known to a few lucky souls or known to many;  what makes them secret is the absence of a sign pointing the way.  Not even one of those “coastal access” signs that dot Highway 1.

Secret beach #3 is a black sand beach.  Its only means of approach is a hidden stairway from the headlands above.  Or one could venture along from another beach only during an unusually low tide.

I enjoyed a day of wonder on my secret beach and a smart little creature near the tide mark.


My first black sand beach

My first black sand beach


Looking south

Looking South


Looking North

Looking North


Sea Rock Window

Sea Rock Window


Migrating birds nest on these rock islands

Migrating birds nest on these rock islands


Walking back along the tide mark I came across a little rock crab probably washed to shore by the last wave.  On my approach it raised its claws to protect itself.

Taking a defensive stand

Taking a defensive stand


Each day I venture outdoors, not once do I think “ah, this is what I will encounter today.” I do, however, venture forth with a sense of excitement and awe.

I am always rewarded!

Ever Grateful,


About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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8 Responses to Secret Beach #3 On The Mendocino Coast (#343)

  1. Sher says:

    Beautiful pictures – the water is so blue and I love the rock formations. That little crab is fitting his name. He looks crabby! Good job.

  2. That crab looks in a mood for a fight! If he could speak you can hear him shouting “Back off,or else!” as he clicks his claws. Did you know that in Hawaii, that most of the beaches are black sand? In the 1920-1930’s they imported the white sand from Manhattan beach in California. They stopped importing white sand in 1970’s. If the beach is white in Hawaii, think imported. Black sand come from the volcanic rocks. Interesting tidbit for you.

  3. nomaggsrush says:

    Loving your secret beaches – keep finding them 🙂

  4. Edge of Chic says:

    Cute crab! Looks tasty, lol. Beautiful rock formations on that beach!

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