Driving through the Redwood Forest takes a very patient person (which I am not) You creep along at 5-10 miles an hour, taking hairpin turns with your eyes peeled – looking for a bike rider who is either flying along like a bat out of hell, or peddling with all their might and you’d swear they were not moving, or yes, pushing their bike. Is this fun I ask? ??? I say no but there I am driving like a slug with a death grip on the wheel.
After a 75 mile drive that took me longer than I’d like to admit, I decided to drive through…well, a tree. Thank heavens there was one along the way that allowed me to do just that. It’s called the chandelier tree and
it’s at the 1/101 junction. Here are some pics just after my Redwood adventure.
So we’re not heading further north and I’m figuring out plan B … Stay tuned for our next stop!
When I come to Mendocino one of my favorite places to stay is The Mendocino Hotel. It’s located in downtown Mendocino on Main Street. Directly across the street is an open field lined with walking paths, leading down to the cliffs that over look the ocean.
The hotel is pure, historic elegance and you feel like you’ve stepped back in time the moment you walk through the front doors. The bar area is exquisite as you can see in the photo. Also the restaurant is Zagat rated and the food is VERY good. In the morning there is complementary fresh brewed coffee and hot teas.
As for the ghost? It’s a she and she has been seen throughout the hotel by guests and people who work here. I personally did not get a glimpse of her ghostly flowing dress… Thank heavens! And Boo!
Here is an earlier post with some additional photos; 😉 https://photogirltravels.com/2013/04/04/road-trip-to-mendocino-places-to-stay-eat/
The last two photos are of the view you have from the balcony on the second floor. I took those last night before my walk….
As I type this I’m in my hotel room, looking out over the ocean and listening to classical music which is playing down in the lobby of this beautiful 19th century hotel. I am staying in the Mendocino Hotel in the quaint town of Mendocino. I will post a separate link on the hotel, but first a few photos and a video from my 6:30am walk along the cliffs.
The photos include not only the Headlands State Park, but what I saw while walking through town on this peaceful pacific coast morning. I actually posted on the Cliff walk a couple months ago. It was in the early spring so there was a lot of fog- so pretty! Please check this link out too: https://photogirltravels.com/2013/04/03/mendocino-road-trip-headlands-state-park/
Here is the video:
And more photos:
When I come to Mendocino I always try to get here by sunset, so I can walk along the cliffs, breathing in the salty air, sipping a glass of wine. Since it’s June, the sun sets much later, so I could have dinner, and then bundle up for my walk. Yes, for those of you battling the heat, it’s freezing here. I wore a coat, hat and gloves!
So as I close off this amazing day I’ll share some photos of my walk along the cliffs of enchanting Mendocino. I’ll tell you more about my hotel tomorrow…but just a couple of things to know about it tonight. It’s almost 200 years old, and the historical building where I’m staying is haunted…well, the second floor is haunted….Which is where I’m staying.
Thanks for traveling along with me! I’ll let you know if I see the ghost tonight!
Here is the path from Main St
After a fabulous drive up Highway 1 which started at 6:30am, we (those of you have followed along the way – thank you!) made it. Right now I’m sitting outside at the Mendocino Cafe. I’m sipping a glass of wine, listening to The Carpenters (they have a great 70s station playing), and eating a very HOT/spicy dish called a fire pot and it is GOOD. Next, I’ll take you over to the cliffs for a sunset walk 😉
Perched along the waters edge along Highway 1is a restaurant called The Marshall House. I stumbled upon it a few trips ago and I always make an effort to swing in and order something new. Today I ordered the smoked oysters with fresh steamed crab and it was GOOD!
You sit outside, listen to the water lapping on the sand, and the sailboat ropes clanging against the masts.
The countryside is absolutely beautiful. After lunch the road turned inland, along a country road with cows and sheep grazing, and your classic red barns nestled in vast rolling hills with lush green, high growing grass. As I type this, I’m just outside of Bodega Bay and pulled over to explore a fish market. And yah! I finally got reception!