I laughed when I read the information sign posted up on Pomo Bluff in Fort Bragg. Sailors, fisherman, and other boaters of yore making their way out of Noyo Harbor would go out on the overlook to check how the Pacific Ocean was behaving. It could be calm and welcoming or it could be ferocious and dangerous. Checking was an opportunity to chicken out, to remember there was a cold beer that required quaffing at the local pub. Thus the name. Modern technology and weather forecasting have reduced the need to do a visual check.
We wandered around on the Bluff, admiring the ocean, checking out ice plants, watching rowdy crows, and wondering who owned the mansion hidden behind a tall fence.
47 thoughts on “Is It Pomo Bluff— or Chicken Point… Fort Bragg, California”
How beautiful these photos Curt!
Paradoxically, although the sea is full of waves, the atmosphere is very calming.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks and you are welcome. I totally agree. Going to the ocean is like walking down a mountain trail! –Curt
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Thanks for the repost. Much appreciated. -Curt
Wonderful photos. The ocean is an amazing force. Every year we lose a couple of fishermen to rogue waves.
Thanks Peggy. Fishermen are a bit like photographers. Always trying to catch the big one— just with a different definition of what the ‘big one’ is. –Curt
A rugged coastline indeed! And a pleasure to see it from a distance. Thanks for these great pictures from you and Peggy. Hope she wasn’t too close to the edge, of course. My favorite is of the waves bashing the rocks — we just don’t see that in our gentle Tennessee streams!
You are welcome, Rusha! I do remember some beautiful rivers in your neck of the woods, however. And your gentle Tennessee streams can get a bit rambunctious in sustained heavy rain. 🙂 As for the cliffs, she’s usually pretty careful. I tend to be a bit more edgy. Grin. –Curt
Ferocious and wild! Wow, what a sea! Some gorgeous photos here Curt – the red ice plant pic, and the one below especially.
That it is, Alison. One of the reasons I love our Pacific NW coast. That and the scenic beauty. Oh yeah, and the small towns and the light houses. 🙂 Thanks. –Curt
I love it when the sea is big and crashing and churning around rocks. It’s so beautiful. Peggy takes great photos, Curt, though I like your photo through the peephole. And gulls have great feet and wonderful expressions, don’t they? Thanks for taking me on your walk. It looks like it was a glorious day.
Always glad to have you on our walks, D. I’ll pass the compliment along to Peggy. Peep hole shots are always fun. They make for an interesting frame. I also enjoy the boldness of gulls. Sometimes, it’s all I can do to avoid throwing them a crust of bread. 🙂
I think many of us have one unwitting encounter with gulls. 😀
Or many, if we are lucky. 🙂
I’m thinking the Oregon Coast could use some of those “dire consequences” signs. All too often there are reports of folks needing rescue or beyond rescuing by the Coast Guard around here. Perhaps you need to keep a close eye on that intrepid woman! 😉
We could probably use some ice plants, too!
Laughing. I need to keep an eye on myself as well. Note: we are careful. 🙂
And there’s another bit of sailor’s advice that’s worth remembering: when the storms come, head for deep water! It used to feel counterintuitive to me, but eventually I figured it out. Too bad a few local sailors didn’t.
I must have told you about my cruising friends who were anchored off Phuket the day the tsunami rolled in. They were drinking coffee down below, but felt the odd movement of the boat as the water went out. They rolled up on deck, saw what was happening, and managed to pull the anchor and head to deep water in time to avoid being sent ashore and adding to the piles of debris.
That ice plant’s interesting. We have some beach/mudflat succulents that look much the same, but they’re native. They turn colors in the fall, too, although they’re a little more scraggly than these. One of these days I’m going to put together a post about the mudflats, and include them.
Speaking of tsunamis, how about this satellite view of the Tonga undersea volcanic eruption? Wow. Tsunami warnings abound.
My thought: I wonder if melting ice and more water/weight in the ocean are having an impact on plate tectonics. Is it one more thing we can attribute to global warming? Great video, Linda. That is one big boom! –Curt
One look at the rocks along the Oregon Coast that I have been featuring, Linda, is one good clue why sailors might prefer deeper water. I don’t remember your Phuket it story, but it sounds like your friends were very, very lucky. And smart.
Mudflats are fascinating places, full of all sorts of interesting life that exist between the world of land and the world of water. –Curt
wow those crashing waves are gorgeous Curt! I’d have laughed at the sign too.. actually I am. It’s like duhhhhhh ! 💖
Impressive indeed, Cindy. 🙂 And duhhhh is right after yet another person falls off while taking a selfie when standing on the edge….
For sure… oh yikes just like the Grand Canyon.. craziness! 💖
🙂 One really does have to question the intelligence of someone who chooses to take a selfie while standing on the edge of a 100 or 1000 foot drop on a windy day with his back to the cliff! There is something positively Darwinian about it.
I know and even when they are forewarned. It blows me away!!!! Even in your wildest of times, I doubt you’d have done that! Thank God! 💖
I don’t take many selfies, Cindy, but when I do I want to be on solid ground. 🙂
I’m with you on that Curt! 💖💖
Curt, we lived on the US southeast coast for may years and never appreciated your advice of “Never turn your back on the ocean” … until we moved to Oregon. The Pacific Ocean was an entirely new experience! We learned quickly that we had to pay attention. Peggy’s photos really capture the beauty and wildness of the sea. And I know the ice plant is invasive, but is sure is beautiful. ~Terri
Hi Terri. First my apologies for taking so long to get back to you.Life has been crazy ever since we decided to hit the road full-time and have been preparing for it. Those Pacific Northwest storm waves are beautiful, but you sure don’t want to get caught in one! 🙂 –Curt
Wow! What? Yay! That’s so amazing and wonderful. I’m so sorry I missed the announcement. Are you heading out in the van or going overseas? I can’t wait to hear more. I’m happy and excited for you and Peggy. 🙂 ~Terri
We will be wandering North America, mainly, Terri, with occasional forays overseas. We’ve actually sold the van and bought a 22 foot Imagine trailer and a new F-150 to haul it so we can park the trailer in places we want to explore and wander for a week or two before moving on. Thanks! –Curt
That’s fantastic, Curt. I’m thrilled for you guys. I can’t wait to hear more as your adventure unfolds. ~Terri
Hey Curt–this is totally off subject but I don’t know another way to contact you. Don’t know if you remember, I was also in PC Liberia. I’m planning a road trip to the Southwest this April and I wonder if you could refer me to your blog entries on that area. We’re starting at Big Bend Nat’l Park and moving up into N.M. and Arizona from there. If it’s easier to contact me by email (and I imagine it would be) my email is email@example.com. I apologize for sending this (maybe) intrusive message on your blog! Best, Mary
Great photos! I love this wild part of the CA coast. Very exciting. 🙂
Thanks, Jane. Me too. 🙂 –Curt
Lively descriptions, Curt, left me wondering if those waves had anything to do with the Tongan eruption?
They were before the eruption, Dave, the result of a recent storm. The big storms coming in off of the Pacific during the winter almost always produce magnificent waves. –Curt
Great post, Curt. The story about naming Chicken Point is awesome. I love your photo of the crow in the iceplants. The mansion is very fancy. I can relate to Peggy’s surefootedness, and I can’t resist the edges when I’m looking for a good shot. Your admonitions to respect the sea are absolutely appropriate here. I like how, in the comments, people are comparing different bodies of water. I’ve never lived on the Atlantic, but living close to the Pacific has taught me some serious respect. When I lived in Eureka, CA, people were washed off the jetty every single year and it was heartbreaking. Stories of deaths due to unexpected waves are part of life for people at the coast.
Thanks, Crystal. It’s really hard to beat our Pacific Northwest Coast. As for danger, people don’t understand it, or they are junkies in terms of how far they can push the envelope. I just read again in the past couple of days where a person fell off a cliff while taking a selfie. Another coast hazard. As for jetties, they are not the place to be when the big waves are rolling in! –Curt
Watch out Curt, that fine lady will take the prize🙂 she has a good eye to capture the force and the beauty of the ocean. No offence😉
She has an excellent eye, Christie. I do every thing I can to encourage her. We both enjoy photography, and it is an important part of blogging. Win, win… 🙂
Beautiful shots Curt! I agree, the best shots are taken on the edge. No matter how scary it may be. I backpacked the Lost Coast a few years back – love that part of California 🙂
Lost Coast has been on my bucket list for decades, Pam. Thanks. –Curt
It was pretty dang cool.
🙂 Hi Pam. I’ll bet. Sorry for the delayed response. Peggy and I were tied up in selling our house. We are now on the road full-time and back to blogging!