I asked Spirit to bring me a dead starfish so I could bring it back to my mom/coworkers in Chicago. Within 30 seconds, I spotted one on the beach & from that moment on, the most cute little starfish were appearing on my path. We also found what we named ocean trees, sea pinecones, sea slugs, & sea potatoes.
So, then came the moment we had to trek the “impassable section”. I have a fear of water, so I actually peed myself from the water coming at me. I was laughing through it all, regardless of my legs shaking with adrenaline.
This is now my second favorite trail. The area reminded me a lot of the scenes in ‘Shutter Island’ with sheer/jagged cliffs but then would quickly change to soft, open prairie fields. We were in awe by the amount of wildlife we saw in a matter of 25 miles. Sea lions, deer, pelicans, seagulls, skunks, bear prints, raccoons, snakes, toads, starfish, sea urchins.
Our last couple miles, we watched the sea lions put on a show for us as they danced on the crest of the waves. Once we hit the finish line at Shelter Cove, we hitched a ride back to Mattole Beach. We waited about an hour to get a ride. Barely saw any cars, but the few that we did see just passed us by. We were sitting on the asphalt under a tree with the leaves gently falling on us. I closed my eyes & felt gratitude for it being such a perfect September day. We were in Humboldt, surrounded by pot farms that made me reminisce of my days trimming in Oregon. Thought to myself how I would rather wait for hours & just pitch up my tent if no one shows. No service, no distractions. Gently teaching me patience, trust, & enjoyment of what is.