This was my first time driving northward from the San Francisco area towards Oregon. We typically saw coastlines like this.
Every so often, there are beaches you can stop off and enjoy the views or go kayaking.
At the more popular beaches, you can find mobile businesses such as this one where tourists can rent wetsuits and kayaks to join a sea cave tour.
In the town of Mendocino, California about 160 miles north of San Francisco is the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. It became operational in 1909. The lens was originally powered by a kerosene oil lamp! Initially, the lens rotated by means of a clockworks mechanism and the light keeper would crank up the chain onto a drum every 2 hours. The clockworks were replaced with an electric motor and the oil lamp with a light bulb when electricity was introduced at the Station in 1935.
In the foreground, you see pictures of the Head Lightkeeper, First and Second Assistant Lightkeeper's residences. On a cold and rainy night, it is a long walk to the lighthouse way in the distance.
If you are interested in seeing some old Point Cabrillo Lighthouse photographs, go to this link.