Just when I think I’ve seen much of Northern California, I’m surprised yet again by the beauty and uniqueness of a new region. A recent trip took us to Mendocino County, where we played on the beaches, hiked the state parks, oohed and aahed at the dramatic views, tasted wine and walked through 1000-year-old redwood groves. Like the Sea Ranch and Point Arena, where we visited late last summer, the Mendocino area is uncrowded and unspoiled. I’ll write about these places in detail soon, but for now, here are some scenes from a weekend in Mendocino County. (We loved it so much that we’re planning a return trip, so if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!).
Russian Gulch State Park:
Big River Beach at the Mendocino Headlands State Park:
Anderson Valley: Tasting wine and enjoying the peaceful property and fall colors at Lula Cellars:
Walking among the redwoods along Highway 128:
Countless farms in the countryside: