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California's Northern Coast – Inside the Redwood Veil

San Francisco, California, one of the most famous and iconic large cities in the world, hosts millions of tourists from around the world each year. Just 200 miles to the north, however, lies one of California's—and the country's—least known and least visited spots, Punta Gorda. The second most westerly point of land in California (Cape Mendocino, 12 miles to the north, juts slightly farther into the Pacific), Punta Gorda lies isolated at the base of high cliffs along a section of coast known mysteriously as the Lost Coast. The Lost Coast is a mountain range that vaults steeply out of the depths of the cold Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most legendary stretches of California's northern coastline—a region known for its thunderous surf, purity of air, shipwrecks, and stands of soaring redwood trees draped by ropes of fog.

ED DARACK is an independent writer and photographer. Visit his Web site at

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