Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

October 26, 1985

Hikers met the leader at beautiful Sunset Bay. After taxing a few minutes to distribute maps and to look at fossils the leader has collected in the area, we began a short climb which put us on the cliffs. Then the trail was mostly level. Temperatures were in the 60s, there was a breeze and even with overcast skies, visibility was good and we were able to see boats and ships in the ocean, the Cape Arago Lighthouse, the spectacular colorations and shapes of the rocks and the quiet coves that appear one after another. Near the lighthouse we saw the sacred Indian burial island.

Half way on the trail we came to Shore Acres State Park where we were pleased to see many roses still blooming as well as some other flowers and the beautifully groomed grounds and ponds. By then we were hearing the barking of sea lions. Soon we came to Simpson Reef and spent quite a bit of time watching the sea lions in their grounds not far from the cliff. By then the sun was breaking through.

Upon arrival at Cape Arago Park, we chose a lovely spot for our lunch and a friendly visit. Since we had lingered long over the many irresistible views in the morning, we had to take a few short cuts to save time returning. One of the most often heard comments during the day was “I must come back and spend more time here.” Hikers enjoying an exciting day were Miki Hutchison, Elizabeth Zima and leader Dee Bray.

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