Mendocino, CA, Avenue of Giants,Ferndale, CA
Jul 19, 2014
|Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Mendocino, CA, The Avenue of Giants, Ferndale, CA
It was 6:50 when we left the hotel in Stockton.
We drove in the Sacramento Delta. What is that? Well, we saw a huge river which is higher than the road and the land. There is lots of irrigation farming with the levee all along the river to keep it in check just like the Mississippi.
We see coastal clouds ahead. Yah!! The trip must be coming to an end as the ocean is near.
There are tall bridges and even draw bridges so that boats can go up the river.
There are wind turbines too! They are everywhere.
The clouds are creeping over the hills like kitten paws hunting. Then it changes and it looked like a dirty spooky shadow. Can we handle clouds after three months of hot and sunny?
Fog—oh my. It is cold out.
Lee & Fran we went by Vallejo, CA. I remember being there.
It is 9:30 and the clouds went away. The sun chased away the clouds.
Once again we are on a road less traveled. Not much traffic on 101 just some trailers headed to the beach. They all have pulled over so we could to a little faster.
It is 10:45. We are in a thick, dark, forest of Red Wood trees. The bark is black and they are super tall. This forest is not at all like the Sequoias. The sunlight is very filtered and yet lights up the darkness with only an occasional flicker.
We then come to the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean and then the old town of Mendocino. We joined a history guided tour of the town. It was a woolly, logging town with ladies of the night. There is no municipal water system. Everyone has to have their own water towers.
In the beginning there were 400 Chinese who built the town and had a laundry, etc.
The Historic Group rules on the building in the town to keep it historical to the Victorian times.
East of Eden with James Dean was filmed in part here. Bob is leaning against the pole James Dean leaned against and the “stoop” he sat on in the movie.
“Murder She Wrote” the TV show with Angela Lansbury was filmed here. We have pictures of her house and the main street, etc. Bob took a picture of the cliffs and Main Street but it was foggy and did not lift for the two hours we were in town.
Hill House Inn was used in “Murder She Wrote” also.
We took some great pictures of the California coast.
We took a very windy and curvy road up a huge hill to the Avenue of the Giants. These are groves of big Red Wood trees. Bob and I agreed we really like to drive through the Red Wood trees. It calms us.
We found one with a hole inside and got to see it for free. We did not pay $6 to drive through a tree but we found one with a big hole we could see for free.
We took a short walk in the trees and saw a 275 foot fallen Red Wood tree which is now a nurse log for the forest.
After checking into the Comfort Inn in Fortuna, we took a side trip of 8 miles to the darling town of Ferndale, CA. It is all maintained in the Victorian style. It is where the movies The Majestic and Outbreak were filmed. We talked to a fellow at the post office and he said they built their own movie theater in the parking lot of the U.S. Bank. At the end of Main Street they landed the helicopter in Outbreak. There are some lovely Victorian homes and stores. It is so cute and as one of our papers said it is a photographers dream. We took lots of pictures of the striking houses. We considered it a hidden treasure we found unexpectedly.