We finally decided to go towards our final trail which lead us to the beach. There was some construction going on and some areas blocked but other than that, it was fairly easy to detour and we then made it to the beach area. When we arrived at the beach it was breathtaking! We approached the huge flat rock on the beach climbed up on top. The views all around were amazing and kind of felt as if we were in another state and not in our own backyard. We hung out for a bit and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery before heading back.
Beware of all the poison oak! There is lots of it! We were warned that there would be a lot of poison oak so we tried to cover our bodies as much as possible, however, some of us must have brushed up on it because about a week later, the results started appearing. Starts out feeling like a mosquito bite then soon spreads pretty quickly. My husband was wearing shorts and got some on his calves. He used calamine lotion to help out with the itching and it was gone after about two weeks.
As I approached my daughter, I noticed she had tears coming down her face and was breathing heavily. I immediately had her stop walking and I asked her “what’s wrong?” She looked at me and said “Dad this hike is just too hard for me, I don’t think I can do it.” I looked in her eyes and wiped the tears from her face and said, “You can do it! I will walk with you every step of the way until we reach the top! ” After about a 10 minute break, she said she was ready and we continued on our journey.