There are many places in this state yet to explore and the California coast north of San Francisco was one area I have never ventured to before. So we planned a short trip up the coast to the quaint picturesque town of Mendocino. We stopped at numerous sites along our drive, we left early Monday morning heading north thru San Francisco. It was the perfect clear day for our drive up the coast. We first stop at the vista point just past the Golden Gate Bridge. We then drive to Petaluma on 101 then exit on Bodega Avenue out toward the town of Bodega. We stop to visit Potter School house in Bodega made famous as the school the children were attacked in Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie "The Birds". Also in Bodega is the church also used in the Birds and photographed by Ansel Adams. We then head over to Bodega Bay with a short stop at The Tides restaurant which has been vastly remodeled since The Birds. Heading up the Highway 1, we stop at Fort Ross State Park, former Russian outpost during the 1800's. We then stop for lunch in the small town Gualala at Mazu Grill which had great filling burgers. We continue up the coast to Point Arena to climb up the lighthouse, one of the tallest on the west coast. From this lighthouse we spot a small pod of humpback whales migrating up the coast. On our way north we stop off the see the natural arch formations from Greenwood Beach. Just a short drive up the coast we finally reach our destination... Mendocino. We check into our hotel, Hill House Inn also known as Hill House of Cabot Cove of "Murder she Wrote" fame. We quickly settle in and freshen up before exploring the quaint town. We park our car on Main street and then begin exploring the New Englandish little town which was ablaze of flowers. There was also a production company filming a movie with Darryl Hannah. After walking along Main Street we explore the Mendocino Headlands State Park which surrounds the small town. Later that evening we have dinner at Mendocino Inn.
The following day the fog enveloped the town in a thick wet mist. We had breakfast in the hotel before checking out and heading north to Fort Bragg. We stop at the Skunk Train station to see people board the train. We make a short drive up to Glass Beach to find many unique glass remains left over from the old abandoned dump. After collecting a few 'choice' glass pieces we head south to Noyo Harbor used as the backdrop for the filiming of the movie "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming". We then head back south the Mendocino for some shopping and then lunch at Moose Cafe. We purchase some homemade icecream before heading out of town. We make a short stop at Van Damn State Park to see the Pygmy Forest, then we drive south to 128 to head over the mountain toward Cloverdale. We tried to stop at a couple of wineries in Healdsburg but arrived too late, so we just head south to Sausalito for dinner at Scomas. After a wonderful seafood dinner we head back across the Golden Gate bridge down the peninsula back home.
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