On the Mendocino coast

August 13th, 2014

I leave Orr Hotsprings just after lunch and arrive in Fort Bragg at the end of the afternoon at the home of my longtime friend, Louise.  The Mendocino coast in summer is a land of fog and cool temperatures, though a few miles inland Mendocino County is warm and sunny.

Here is Van parked in front of Louise’s house:

1_Louise's house 1

 

The house is set among redwoods just north of town:

2_Louise's house 2

 

In her garden out back Louise grows much of her own food.  The area has a very long growing season:

3_Louise's garden

 

Here’s Louise and her dog, Oso:

4_Louise and dog

 

Dinner this evening is salmon poached with dill…

6_salmon for dinner

…with vegetables and salad from the garden:

7_salmon, radishes and salad

 

Louise with her son Isaac:

5_Louise with Isaac

 

The next day Louise and I drive inland to visit another redwood forest, Hendy Woods:

8_Hendy Woods entrance

 

I’m not going to show you all of my photos; you’ve already seen plenty of redwoods, but a few of these are worthwhile to give you an idea of the size of these trees:

9_Louise and redwood tree

10_John and redwood tree

 

Here’s Louise standing inside one of the burnt-out trees:

12_Louise inside burnt out redwood

 

…and on top of a fallen stump:

11_Louise on top of fallen stump

 

There are some interesting tree sculptures here too:

14_more sculpture

…and up close:

15_sculpture up close

 

But we don’t only visit redwoods. We also go wine tasting at several of the area’s many wineries. Here’s just one of them, called “Toulouse”:

16_Toulouse winery

And some of our purchases:

23_some of our purchases at the wineries

Notice the goose on each label.

 

On the way home we find a perfect place on the Navarro River for a swim:

20_perfect place for a swim

But it’s getting late:

22_but it was getting late

 

The next day Louise and I take a long walk in the morning, and in the afternoon we go for a bike ride along the Navarro River:

24_bike ride_fog

Notice the fog. We’re at the mouth of the river, just a few steps from the beach.

Louise, after an hour’s pedaling:

25_Louise after an hour's pedaling

And me, looking fat and out of breath:

26_and me, looking fat and...

By now the sun has appeared and it’s getting warm.

The road goes on…

27_the road goes on

…with its share of wildflowers…

28_among the plant life are these flowers

…and the ever-present poison oak:

29_along with the poison oak

 

At some point we get side tracked onto this trail while looking for a place to swim:

30_we get side tracked on this trail, but...

But it’s getting late and we have to turn around. We must have done about 15 miles.

Evening comes and Isaac makes us an excellent dinner; some friends of his come over, Michael and Alexandra. Unfortunately, I forget to get out my camera. The following morning I leave Fort Bragg, heading north again, but first we go out for breakfast.

Louise and Isaac at the restaurant:

31_L&I at breakfast the next morning

It has been a wonderful few days on the Mendocino coast.

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2 thoughts on “On the Mendocino coast

  1. C’est très impressionnant la redwoods… Comment ça s’appelle en français ? Je trouve que tu as l’air en pleine forme à travers ces grands arbres 😉 Bonne route ! A bientôt Méline

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