Day 2 of our road trip led us through the Redwoods down Highway 101, with some stops for exploration, until we reached Leggitt, CA; from there, we drove along the windiest road in the world out to Highway 1 where we stayed in Fort Bragg. We had gone through Fort Bragg last year, solely to go to Glass Beach, and got dinner before leaving and heading back to the 101. This year, we continued down Highway 1 the next morning, after another (mediocre) visit to Glass Beach. Apparantly, there is so much theft of the glass that at certain times of year, the beach is more rocky than glassy…. and unfortunately both times we have been here have been right before a glass “restock”, where more glass is brought in to maintain the attraction. This is why we can’t have nice things. But I digress. The drive down Highway 1 was beautiful, but slightly terrifying, as I’m not a big fan of driving in the first place and the combination of sharp turns, a lack of guardrails, and the proximity to the ocean makes me nervous. Thankfully, J was willing to drive this portion of the trip, so I was able to navigate us to our next destination: Point Arena.
If you’re wondering what Point Arena even is, it’s a tiny coast town with a beautiful lighthouse. The 115-foot lighthouse offers tours so up we went! The views from the top were gorgeous, and we got to stand outside on the balcony of the lighthouse (I’m sure there is a technical word for this, but I’m sticking with balcony). The winds felt so incredibly strong, even though the man conducting the tour told us they were only nine MPH. NINE? I felt like I was going to be blown away. I loved the gorgeous metal spiral staircase that led us to the top. After the lighthouse, we stopped at Cove Coffee in Point Arena where we both got dirty chai lattes before traveling onward down the coast towards our next destination.