Thursday, March 27, 2008

Trip to California, Day 2

Day 2

We all slept in (though Ladybug was up early enough to snap the picture below), ate a bowl of cereal, then headed west toward the coast.

We wound around the grassy hills proceeding to Highway 101 and towards Willitts. There were many examples of headward erosion in the reddish soils along with several landslide zones that the state had obviously worked hard to shore up. The weather was clear with some high clouds and the traffic was light. At Willitts, we took Highway 20 west through the mountains towards Fort Bragg. It was only 33 miles, but it probably took us over an hour to navigate all of the 30, 25, and even 20 mph curves as we quartered up and down hills and wound around with the path of creeks. The redwoods started showing up along hillsides and it wasn't long before they dominated the scene. Some thickets covered the sky so well, it felt like we were driving through a dark cave. I half-expected to see a party of hobbits at any time.

We reached Highway 1 on the southern end of Ft. Bragg and decided to head towards Mendocino. We ate lunch at the historic hotel there and it was tasty but the "upscaleness" added substantially to the prices. I will let the pictures tell the story of Mendocino...

Don & Grandpa in front of downtown Mendocino

Ladybug and MiniSnab rest near a very offbeat and fun garden

Across the street from the shops is a park encompassing the nearby headlands

The wise man built his house upon the rocks

You need to work for the right to play in the sand here

MiniSnab flies a "pocket kite" I bought for her


ladybug said...

I'm really glad I got the picture w/Mini-Snab. I have another picture, same garden & house, more than 10 years ago, will just a mini Mini-Snab!

The Flowers were a little different, alot of Foxglove, Hollyhocks and other tall we were here in the Summer (Ha Ha!). On that same trip we visited Fort Ross and Point Reyes State Park.

Dean Wormer said...

That looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Love you guys!

Swinebread said...

wonderful pictures I hope your getting your Mojo back!

Snab you're so nice to Grandpa!

The Moody Minstrel said...

No basalt in sight. Nope, definitely not the Oregon coast, Toto!

It's looking and sounding like a great trip so far.

Pandabonium said...
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Pandabonium said...

Beautiful pics. Looks like everyone is having fun. That headland reminds me of a painting by Monet - The Grotto of Port Domois"