Two Days in Mendocino and a Drive Up North

(this is part two of a travel recap post – part one can be found here: A Day in Sonoma)

Last week, my family took a trip out to the West Coast to visit my brother. After spending time with family and a day in Sonoma, it was time for our next stop – Mendocino. The road to Mendocino was part of the trip in itself. Greg had helped planned us a route along highway one, with scenic views overlooking the Pacific coast. I’m so glad I was able to go – it was gorgeous, and we even got to stop for lunch in one of the small coastal towns along the way.

GREAT view along the ride.

GREAT views along the ride.

We arrived in Mendocino just before our B&B’s happy hour, which was great. We stayed at the Inn at Cobbler’s Walk, which is part of Glendeven, and I’d definitely recommend it. The property isn’t too big, is close to a bunch of walking/hiking trails and even has llamas and 100s of chickens on site.

llamas on the property!

llamas on the property!

After enjoying the local wine and great cheese at the Inn for the complimentary happy hour, it was time for dinner in downtown Mendocino. It’s a small downtown with shops and restaurants, we enjoyed another dinner on a patio before taking a walk around the downtown as the sun was setting.

family selfie at happy hour

family selfie at happy hour

The next morning, I woke up relatively early and went for a walk, including to the beach, on a path just a few minutes away from our room.

beach front walk in the morning

beach front walk in the morning

We had breakfast served to our room at 9 a.m., which included a three-course meal – yogurt and granola, eggs and a scone. Sooo good!

the amazing meal

the amazing meal

After breakfast, we checked out the rest of the grounds – the llamas and chickens and garden – and then headed to downtown Mendocino for a walk along the Headlands and lunch. It was such a gorgeous day!

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Our second night we stayed at a different place, this time with cabins and adjoining rooms so that we were all able to hang out and watch a movie – Beetlejuice – at night. This inn had goats this time.

Peanut Butter and Jelly, the goats!

Peanut Butter and Jelly, the goats!

We had a great dinner that night – we ended up wandering back downtown and hit up the MacCallum Inn. This week’s WIAW shares some of eats – wine, cheese, ratatouille and blackberry soufflé. SO good.

DESSERT.

DESSERT.

The next morning, we took a short walk around the new inn, and then hit the road for breakfast in Fort Bragg followed by a drive through the Avenue of the Giants. It is SO cool to ride among those SUPER tall trees! We also had time to stop for a hike along one of the trails. I love a good, easy nature hike!

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What a great trip – I hope we can do it again soon!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever been to the Redwoods?
  • Do you like hiking? Nature? I enjoy hiking, but i’m not a HUGE nature fan. I’m scared of bugs, snakes, animals, etc. 
  • Have you ever seen the movie Beetlejuice?

 

From the Redwood Forest …

A little blog keeping – congrats to the winner of the Browns ticket giveaway – Sarah Z! In case you’re wondering, her response to favorite tailgate food was, “Buffalo chicken dip is a must for every game day! Extra franks and tortilla chips!”

After our few hours in Portland, it was time for us to visit the Redwoods. We left Portland pretty early and drove down the highway, noshing on some of those amazing (and sickening) Voodoo Doughnuts, knowing we had a few hours before we’d finally reach our destination. We decided to go hiking near Jedediah State Park. After stopping off at the welcome center and chatting with the Park Ranger, we figured we’d hike the 5ish mile Boy Scout Trail that would take us to the famous Boy Scout Tree. I had seen the photo of the Boy Scouts in front of this huge tree and knew we just had to see this humongous tree. How could a tree be that big?

Boy Scout Tree!

The hike was gorgeous. It was labeled “intermediate” meaning it wasn’t boring but wasn’t hard at all, and I had no idea how many humongous trees we would see! Tree after tree – they were all SO BIG. We walked leisurely throughout the forest, taking pictures (as true tourists would do) along the way. Seriously, I felt like every second I would be like, “B! Look at THAT tree! WOW!” And then B would go, “Do you want a picture?” To which, of course, I’d say, “SURE!” And we’d stop and take a few photos. Then we’d pass another HUGE tree and I’d be like, “B, look at that tree! It’s huge!” and the pattern would continue.

B in front of the path

B in front of the path

goofing around

goofing around

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along the hike

BIG TREES

BIG TREES

We did this for a while. Then suddenly we hit a small waterfall, and the trail ended. At this time, we were surrounded by only a few somewhat big trees – but nothing impressive. I mean, sure they’d be impressive by Cleveland or New York tree standards, but compared to Redwood trees? Meh. I couldn’t believe it – had we missed the Boy Scout Tree? Was it not labeled? Was it one of the trees we had passed but didn’t realize it? Ugh. B walked around a few areas that looked like they could be part of the path (including climbing up the waterfall – yipes – and across a fallen large tree stump which could have been a trail?) but we saw nothing. We finally turned around and started hiking back. I couldn’t believe we hadn’t seen the Boy Scout tree on the Boy Scout Trail.

and this is where the path ended?

and this is where the path ended?

As we walked back, after a few minutes B saw what looked like an unmarked part of a skinny trail that strayed off the main trail. He decided to follow up the trail – and lo and behold – the Boy Scout Tree!!! Yes, a SUPER large tree, with a faded sign that read, “Boy Scout Tree” was up the hill apart from the main trail. We were THIS close to missing it! But we didn’t – thank goodness.  But if you read nothing of this post, know this – the Boy Scout Tree is not directly on the Boy Scout Trail. My job is done.

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standing in front of the famous tree

B climbing the Boy Scout Tree

B climbing the Boy Scout Tree

We hiked around some more, drove around through the amazingly big trees and ended our day with a dinner in the cute town of Eureka, California. Never been to Eureka? It reminded me of a small East Coast town, like somewhere in Maine or even Cape Cod – lots of restaurants, shops, and a mix of tourists and townies along the water. We enjoyed some delicious fresh seafood and ice cream – so good after our day of hiking – before calling it an early night for our first night in California!

we found the ocean!

we found the ocean!

Eureka!

Eureka!

dinner in Eureka - fresh fish!

dinner in Eureka – fresh fish!

Miss recaps from the beginning of m trip? Start here: Scenes from Vacation … First Stop, Seattle! Next Stop … Portland! (subtitle: 5 things to do in Portland)