Ahhhh! Breathe deep, smell the evergreens, the salt water. Listen to the silence. Feel ten years younger ...
Turning back to the car, refreshed, we noticed the rock face on the opposite side of the highway. It was covered with round "flower" patterns, like a pale version of 1970s wallpaper.
Circles of crustose lichen.
Each one was different; some were grey, others pale orangey brown; some had brown fruiting bodies (apothecia), some sported pale little cups. Click on the photos to see the structures and colours in better detail.
These were also at the viewpoint, and insist on being included here:
Fern and foxglove.
Pearly everlasting. One of my favourite flowers.