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May 6, 2017 - Eureka to Mendocino

Rain!!!! How dare it rain! We woke to a bleak morning and soon after breakfast we were on our way to Mendocino. We continued along US101 until we spotted an off ramp labelled 'Avenue of the Giants' where we turned off to follow the old highway for the next 40 or 50 kilometres as it wound through stands of huge, magnificent redwoods. The road was quiet and generally in good condition and by this time the rain had stopped. I felt quite happy to potter along at 40mph without feeling harassed by following drivers. We only stopped in a few...

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Oct 8, 2016 - Abalone Cookoff, Noyo Harbour,Fort Bragg,CA

The weather gods are on our side. It is another beautiful sunny day. We piled into Jim and Claire's VW Bug with chairs and left here at about 10 am as parking is a problem at the harbour. Lots of people and very little room for their vehicles. The tents were all set up and some of the cooks and their helpers were busy pounding the Abalone to get it ready to prepare. Along with the cookoff was a mini craft sale. ( of course ) There was wine tasting available with the purchase of a wine glass ( monogrammed with the event) and tasting tickets....

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Oct 6, 2016 - Fort Bragg, CA

We arrived here in. Fort Bragg on a beautiful day. The drive was winding thru the redwoods. Very slow but very nice. The next morning Al and I went to MacKerricher State Park. This state park follows the coastline with 10 miles of walking opportunity. We walked along the edge, listened to the waves and hoped to see some resident seals. No luck. Wrong time of year? We also went to world famous Glass Beach. The municipality of Fort Bragg had 3 different city dump sites on the ocean many years ago. The resulting pulverized "glass" from the...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Benbow to Mendocino, CA

September 18, 2016 Glad we will be heading to the coast as it is already warm in Benbow. Continued south on Hwy 101 through the redwood coast. The road from Leggett becomes very twisty and we travel not more than 30 mph. However, it is a beautiful ride with the sun shining through the trees. We stopped at Westport Landing State Beach to walk on the cliffs above the ocean and were surprised to see so few campers. The weather was perfect. Perhaps we will come back to camp in the future. Stopped at the Ft. Bragg brewery for salad and an...

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Nov 22, 2014 - Mendocino, CA

Mendocino, CA Our morning started out with a beautiful sunrise, but it quickly deteriorated into rain as we drove to the coast. It has been awhile since we’ve experienced driving in the rain and we totally expected it to continue through the day. Once we reached north of the bay area the clouds parted and the sun filled the sky and our eyes with the beauty nestled in the Napa Valley and eventually the California coast. A sign warned us of the tight road conditions on HWY 128 which winds through the hills along the coast that harbor the rich...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Mendocino

Today was my last day in the redwood country so I headed inland to the Montgomery Woods State Reserve, recommended by my landlord Richard, which is only about 20 miles from here. It’s not a big reserve but has some lovely old redwood groves with a very pleasant circular track of just over a mile. Being Saturday there were a few other hikers around which was good because in some places the track wasn’t marked very well. After walking around for a couple of hours with my neck craned looking up at these magnificent forest giants, trying not to...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Mendocino

A bit of a lazy day today. I worked on the computer all morning, updating my diary with yesterday’s story & organising my accommodation for the rest of the trip – only 10 days to go & I’m sure that time will fly. This afternoon I went to the Point Cabrillo lighthouse which is just a couple of miles north of Mendocino. On Tuesday, I saw Point Arena which is the tallest light on the coast, well Point Cabrillo has to be the smallest. It began operation in 1909 & still uses its original Fresnel lens. No-one could tell me why this point is named...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Mendocino - Avenue of the Giants

Today was a long day with a lot of driving, heading north almost to Eureka & nearly 450kms round trip, so I’m too tired to write the diary tonight. The Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile section of old Highway 101 which parallels the existing freeway & travels through 50,000 acres of magnificent ancient redwood groves, the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the entire 500 mile redwood belt which is only 40 miles wide & extends from the Oregon border to just below San Francisco. It was a long drive because Highway 1 is so slow &...

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Nov 13, 2013 - Mendocino - Skunk Train

A really bright & sunny morning so a good day to go 10 miles up the coast to Fort Bragg & take a ride on the little Skunk train which goes 20 miles inland through some beautiful redwood forests. The California Coastal Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world but the ones I saw today are mostly 2nd growth & are less than 100 years old – they’re still big trees though & very beautiful. This railway which goes inland for 40 miles to Willits where it connects to the main railway grid was built by a lumber company in 1885 & has been operating...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Mendocino - Point Arena

Last week, the weather forecast for this area was for over an inch of rain but every day that’s diminished. I’m told that last night we had a slight sprinkle & although showers were forecast today, there was nothing. I’m not complaining but the locals are – apparently they’re desperate for rain but I hope it holds off until after I leave. Because of the weather, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do today so I got rather a late start & went south along Highway 1 about 40 miles to Point Arena which has a famous lighthouse. The original...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Mendocino

I spent all morning catching up on my trip diary & doing other paperwork. After lunch I took the short drive into the charming little village of Mendocino & had a look around. The weather has been cloudy today with rain forecast tonight so I’ll have to wait & see what tomorrow looks like before I decide what to do - I’ve read the brochures about this area & there’s plenty of choices.

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Nov 10, 2013 - Meadow Vista to Mendocino

I offered to take the chilli over to the church but Judi organised to have someone pick it up & said she was fine for everything else (her sister lives 10 minutes away) so I packed up & left about 10:15am. There’d been reports of a fire near Clear Lake which was the direction I was heading & as I turned north from Sacramento the air became more & more smoky which wasn’t good driving so I changed direction & headed towards the coast. The GPS took me on Highway 128 which is a beautifully scenic road which goes right up the Napa Valley &...

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