January 1-4, 2005
This is the beginning of a true story about Audrey...
...and me and our trip to Mendocino.
This is as close as we got to snow this New Year's.
[a snow-capped mountain north of Calistoga]
a view by Clear Lake
[California's largest lake]
scenic drive out to the coast
a glimpse of the redwood covered mountain range that sits on the north coast
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offer a large variety of local and foreign greenery.
a view of the pacific ocean
by the raging waters
a giant Erica [a foot-low bush in Sweden]
exploring fern canyon
Another few drizzly miles down the road, we arrive at The Headlands Inn in Mendocino.
the evening falls
breakfast by the sea
we rent bikes and head 7 miles up the Big River
a large downtown doggie
shopping for picnic food at the very church-looking organic market
big seat for a big guy
by the waters
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is located a short hike off Hwy 1.
the trail goes right by the sleepless shore line
We also spotted several whales from the lighthouse trail.
[If I had a better zoom, you'd see them too.]
The sun is beating down as we start our journey back south...
How Californian is that?
looking the other way
A break from driving - we find ourselves a nice picnic spot...
...with an impressive view.
This is not your typical January 4th.
stopping by the Timber Cove Inn
a cozy interior [but not maintained]
[and so, highway one takes us home]