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Sweeping through the sky, driven by cold fronts and the coming snows; heading southward and westward to the central California coast, where sunny days and mild breezes await. The journey is treacherous, with predators and sudden storms poised to take a toll, but many get through, ending up in a few coastal towns in a few parks and on a few trees, where they roost by the hundreds and sometimes thousands.

Riding Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Seattle to Sacramento.

I hiked some short trails in the redwoods and walked the Pacific Ocean beach to explore Fern Canyon in the fog. It was magical. Too soon, I had to hightail my way back to my job, but at least I had experienced a bit of the storied California Coast.

Camping and hiking on Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park, gives people a chance to see the tiny Island Fox, view the Island Scrub-Jay (found nowhere else on earth), and camp on land that was part of a ranch for over a hundred years. The headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean give a magnificent view toward the California coastline.

The California village of Mendocino, located along the Pacific Coast north of San Francisco, is among the most beautiful towns in America. Long an artist colony, it has also appeared in numerous Hollywood movies and television shows.

Glass fragments, tumbled and polished by the surf, on Glass Beach of Fort Bragg, California.

An internal Interior Department document, leaked to the press in February, 2010, showed 14 areas under preliminary consideration to be named as national monuments by President Obama. This included the Bodie Hills of California.