Northern California Trip travel blog

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve

Back on her leash

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve - Iris

Light Keepers House - 1908

Cabrillio Light Station - 1908

Seal Pups

Lighthouse Cove

Lighthouse Cove

Main Street - Mendocino CA

Mendocino Hotel - 1878

Big River Dog Beach

So much space - so little time

Donna Sea Glass Collecting

Trail from Beach


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pomo RV Park, Fort Bragg, CA

This morning Scott, Little Bear and I explored Jughandle State Reserve. We not only had the beach to ourselves, we had the entire reserve as our truck was the only vehicle in the lot! Bear had plenty of room to run (leash free) after sea birds, explore tide pools and wade into the freshwater stream flowing across the beach into the sea. Along the bluff trail were patches of wildflowers and panoramic views of the beaches far below.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is a restored working lighthouse with its original 1908 brass framed 3rd order Fresnel lens. You can vacation at the restored Head Keeper’s House and the surrounding 270 acre nature reserve becomes your private retreat after dark! The retired Coast Guard volunteer familiarized us with the lighthouse’s history and pointed out seals resting on the nearby rocks.

Mendocino Village, founded as a lumber town in 1850, retains many Victorian structures dating from the 1870s. We parked on Main Street along the business district and strolled to peruse the storefronts. We had lunch at Mendo Burgers, a funky small eatery staffed inside by humans and outside by two resident black and white dogs. Little Bear ‘claimed’ and growled when the resident dogs came too near. Great burgers and the best fries ever!

The directions to Big River (dog) Beach refer to finding the trail behind the historic church on Main Street and bearing left. We found the trail, staircase and beach and I was thrilled to find sea glass near the water’s edge. While Scott and Little Bear walked further down the beach, I gathered the polished brown, clear and green glass. Great day!!

Tomorrow we head further North to Fortuna and the chance of some rainy weather.



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