A journey from Los Angeles to Seattle on Highway 101, seeking out view spots for picnics… and old car junk for Clark.
May 27, 2014
Santa Rosa to Mendocino
We said goodbye to Melanie and Brian and hit the road again. We took Hwy 116 through the hills, and then rejoined Hwy 1 at Jenner; Hwy 1 was once again lovely, and for several miles once again an anxiety-producer, as we curved along the sides of hills and, in some spots, drove along an edge without guardrails, with a drop-off to greet any driving error. Log trucks and bicyclists add to the joy…
The road did widen out, to our relief. At one point, a bob cat dashed across the road in front of us. !!! Never seen a bob cat in the wild before.
Stopped for lunch at Bones Roadhouse in Gualala, which had a view of the water and license plates nailed all over the ceiling, but the numerous flies flitting against the window were an annoyance (and the dead ones on the sill not exactly appetizing). Ah well.
Less than an hour later we were in Mendocino, checking in at the Agate Cove B&B. After depositing our stuff in the room, we went back into town and walked the headland path, peeking over the edge at rocks, seaweed, and a seal swimming about looking for something good to eat. Saw giant, rusted iron links embedded in the rocks, and some wood posts that clearly used to be something, and wondered what it all meant.
Stopped at the market for dinner goods, then headed back to the B&B, where we had wine while watching the waves, and dinner in the room.