MacKerricher State Park, Northern California

Welcome to my favorite California State Park, MacKerricher State Park , located north of Mendocino, California.  I can’t say enough about this gorgeous beachside park.  Seals, tide pools, rock arches, beaches, whales if you are lucky, seasonal mushrooms, trails, fresh water lake, camping, what more can one ask for?

Do you have a park or location you just keep coming back to?  This is one for us.  Something about this place draws us in and I never tire of visiting.

***On another note: I hope everyone is hanging in there during this time of isolation and uncertainty.  These photos were taken from a recent trip prior to the California-wide shelter-in-place restrictions.  I hope in sharing them I can help make you smile for even a moment.  Take good care everyone.

 

Fort Bragg Glass Beach

Located in downtown Fort Bragg, this beach used to be the historic garbage dump. Years of crashing waves has taken away the trash and left behind tiny soft round glass pieces colorfully glistening on the beach.

I’m conflicted about Glass Beach. It’s a cool place to visit but now officials have understandably cordoned off the beach and no longer allow people to take any glass so it’s really no fun any more.

It’s a great irony. Trash turned to treasure. So as cool and interesting a spot as it is one can no longer experience it in a meaningful way so I would recommend just passing on it when in town.  Instead take a walk on the wonderful trail which goes for miles and miles paralleling the ocean and just enjoy the view!

***On another note: I hope everyone is hanging in there during this time of isolation and uncertainty.  These photos were taken from a recent trip prior to the California-wide shelter-in-place restrictions.  I hope in sharing them I can help make you smile for even a moment.  Take good care everyone.

Memorial Day Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Yes, yes, I know.  I have posted about the Mendocino Botanical Gardens before.  But, it’s sort of become my muse.  (If I may humbly use that term.)  Right about the time I think I might start get tired of the place I go back and fall in love all over again.  We spent a four-day Memorial Day weekend up in Mendocino and spent the better part of an afternoon exploring the garden and enjoying the hummingbird wars, coastal breeze, roses, veggie garden, golden rod crab spiders (what?), and Dahlia buds.  As I sit in 100+ degree Sacramento heat this week I am channeling the coastal breeze and cooler weather from Mendocino wishing we never came home…

Check out other posts I have done on Mendocino here

Mendocino Guest House Inn

While visiting Mendocino last weekend we finally stopped by the Mendocino/Fort Bragg Guest House Museum.  It was a short and cute little museum.  But, the fun part was the large redwood stump out front displaying rings from almost Pre-Christian times.  We don’t see many trees this large anymore outside of the State Parks that care for them.  But, for those of you who may never have seen anything like this before check it out and then read of the many historic events that occurred in its lifetime.  I have never seen anything like this outside of California, has anyone else?

Memorial Day Mendocino

A week late but here I am.  For Memorial Day we bombed up to Mendocino, Bulldog and trailer in tow.  Our favorite site at MacKerricker State Park was full so we found a superb little private campground within walking distance feeling lucky we found anything at all. The weather was perfect, about 70 degrees all weekend, without a cloud in the sky.  70 degree weather gave way to over 100 degree + weather following.  We enjoyed it while it lasted…

 

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Sorry for the terrible iPhone photo but the bulldog was as excited as we were to go somewhere fun and get out of the heat.

 

We took our favorite local Fern Canyon hike to the full and flowing waterfall at Russian Gulch State Park nearly 7 miles round trip.

We also checked out the Mendocino Botanical Gardens as usual.  So, stay tuned for more flower photos on that…


 

 

These Boots are Made for Walking

The great blog Where’s My Backpack came up with a fun and unusual Travel Theme of Feet!  One could go all over the place with this theme…my feet, animal feet, statute feet, furniture feet, feats of strength…this gives me an excuse to display some of the random photos I have taken while trekking around…

One thing is for sure.  Apparently, I have nothing better to do than to take photos of my feet while wandering through the world! I suppose these photos tell a story of their own separate from those that were taken directly of the attraction I was visiting.  🙂

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Relaxing in Mendocino

Spring Flower Hiking in the California Sierras

Resting at the top of one of the temples of Tikal

Cooling off in Phoenix

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Boonie Crashing at the Arch of Labna in the Yucatan

Searching for Water in California

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Hot Chili and Cool Cars in Rocklin, California

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Mendocino Mushroom Festival

Hiking in El Dorado National Forest

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Standard Beach apparel – Doran Beach

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Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland