Happy 4th of July!!!

Hang a Flag Outside!
Hang a Flag Outside!

I love the 4th of July – it always feels like summer has finally arrived.  Hanging a flag outside your home has been a tradition and one that I celebrate every year.  If you don’t have yours out yet, I hope you take a moment and find it today!   Stay safe and have fun!

Here are some fun 4th facts!

*More than an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th. That’s roughly one hot dog for every two people in the United States.

*More than 74 million Americans will BBQ on July 4th.

*The first Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.

*The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

*The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were represented equally.

*Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.

*Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July, in 1872.

Road Trip to Mendocino: Coastal Trail

Photo Girl Travels Mendocino trails 3Currently, we’re up in Mendocino which is a beautiful town which sits on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  If you’re on Main Street standing in front of the Mendocino Hotel you’ll see a path leading out to the cliffs.  There are actually many paths out there that wind around and it’s a beautiful place to hike.  It was sunset when I got there so I took a glass of wine and followed the path over to my favorite bench (photo below). Here are some photos I shot on my last trip. In the photo below you can see some of the unique stairways that take you up the hillside. It’s absolutely beautiful! Continue reading “Road Trip to Mendocino: Coastal Trail”

Road Trip to Mendocino: Places to Stay & Eat

Photo Girl Travels Mendocino Hotel 9If you’re just joining us on this trip we’re doing a road trip up to the quaint town of Mendocino.  When I go I always stay at the Mendocino Hotel. I love that it’s right on Main Street and has a lot of history.  There are many places to stay in this beautiful town – if you have any additional suggestions please let me know.  (My friend Greg also mentioned he liked the Joshua Grindle Inn as an FYI).  At the Mendocino Hotel you can stay in the historic part of the hotel. They also have garden suites in the back which are also quite lovely.  Some even have fire places.  In the photo above you’ll see a balcony.  As a guest, you can access this by going up the flight of stairs in the lobby, make a left and another left and the door will be in front of you.  It’s a great place to enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine. There is also a female ghost who haunts the historic part of the hotel.  Apparently, many guests have seen.  She appears in the bar area, lobby and second floor. I didn’t see here when I was there but I will look for her next time 😉 Continue reading “Road Trip to Mendocino: Places to Stay & Eat”

Mendocino Road Trip: Headlands State Park

Photo Girl Travels Highlands_3I keep calling this state park the Mendocino “Highlands” because it reminds me of Ireland so much. (I’ve not been to Ireland but still, I’m sure it must look something like this) But actually, this park is called the Mendocino Headlands State Park. There is a narrow trail that runs along the coast and if you get there early in the morning you’ll have the most incredible views.  The fog hangs over the ocean and in some areas it’s almost impossible to see what’s below the cliffs.  The waves are crashing and the birds are singing.  It’s really quite amazing. If you do this hike in the morning make sure you wear something warm including a hat.  To get to the Headlands State Park, it’s on the very west end of the town of Mendocino. Here are some of the photos I took.   Next, I’ll show you some of the places I like to eat including a fabulous Thai restaurant. If you have any additional suggestions, please let me know and I’ll add them in. Here are the photos I took around 6:30am: Continue reading “Mendocino Road Trip: Headlands State Park”

Road Trip to Mendocino: The Town

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The quaint town of Mendocino is nestled on the coastline, among the majestic redwood forests. It’s a beautiful place to visit. I have some photos I took while strolling around town. You’ll find Victorian homes, unique boutiques and galleries. There are some wonderful restaurants too. Next I’ll show you the Mendocino Highlands which is one of the main reasons I did this drive. You’ll feel like you are walking along the cliffs of Ireland!

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Road Trip to Mendocino: Highway 1

IMG_5907Highway 1 is absolutely beautiful, anytime of the year. But if you have a chance to drive it during the spring you’ll be in for a real treat.  Here are some photos from my drive. Next stop is the quaint town of Mendocino where we’ll stay in a historic hotel built in the mid 1800’s.  And yes, I hear it has a ghost!  (The pathway above it at Pt. Reyes Light House)

IMG_5906In the photo below – look over to the far left and you’ll see the highway 1!

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