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At Bowling Ball Beach

On the Californian coast is a town called Point Arena. Nearby is a coastal feature called Schooner Gulch, and this is where you can feast your eyes on what has become known as the 'Bowling Ball Beach'. Thousands of rocks appear to have gathered together to defy the tides like an army of small boulders. The weird thing is that these boulders are uniform in size and shape, as well as in their spacing, though man has nothing to do with it.


Access to Bowling Ball Beach is along a trail that leads to the north from a small staging area at the intersection of Highway 1 and Schooner Gulch Road south of Point Arena in California. The trail is currently listed as "closed due to erosion" and if you do venture down it you'll find that the last 15 feet of it consist of a suspended log ladder that ends right by Schooner Gulch Creek. You then need to cross the creek (there are a couple of driftwood logs across the creek that can be carefully used as a bridge) and clamber across 20 feet of washed-up kelp before you get to the beach itself. The rock formations that give the beach its name can be found about a quarter of a mile up the beach, but only when the tide is out.


© John Krzesinski, 2013.


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Taken on December 29, 2012