Blue infinity. Near Pacifica, California.

Blue infinity. Near Pacifica, California.

Parts of the Pacific coast feel like the end of the earth.

Parts of the Pacific coast feel like the end of the earth.

Sea nettles. Beautiful, but ouch. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Sea nettles. Beautiful, but ouch. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The famous Lone Cyprus Tree near Carmel, California. This was also a great whale-watching spot, as it turned out.

The famous Lone Cyprus Tree near Carmel, California. This was also a great whale-watching spot, as it turned out.

Patterns in the sun. At The Lodge at Pebble Beach, California.

Patterns in the sun. At The Lodge at Pebble Beach, California.

Those are some tall trees. Coast redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County, CA.

Those are some tall trees. Coast redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County, CA.

McClures Beach on California’s Point Reyes National Seashore has a lot of what I look for in a deserted Pacific Ocean beach at sunset.

McClures Beach on California’s Point Reyes National Seashore has a lot of what I look for in a deserted Pacific Ocean beach at sunset.

Sunset at Aquatic Park, San Francisco.

Sunset at Aquatic Park, San Francisco.

Sailing San Francisco Bay. In the background: Alcatraz!

Sailing San Francisco Bay. In the background: Alcatraz!

Made it to California! Heading west into the sunset.

Made it to California! Heading west into the sunset.