Tag Archives: Mendocino

From My Room

This was my room. This was my view. The captain’s house is set back on the bluff, away from Main Street. I stayed in the Pacific Suite. It meant I got no traffic noise from the village itself (my one … Continue reading

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The Path to the Beach

Just as I got the bottom of the steep trail, almost down to the water, I head a pattering sound above me, like rain on a roof. It was gravel, a trickle of rock tumbling down from the concave cliff … Continue reading

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Both/ And

I saw this drawn on a driftwood log on the beach at the mouth of Big River, in Mendocino, California. I thought it was beautiful and intriguing and I took a picture of it. And then I discovered that I … Continue reading

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Strange Beds

I spend Tuesday night at the Sea Cliff Motel in Gualala. From the balcony of our second-story room, Spouse and I watch a river otter swim the brackish water of the Gualala River, up close to its closed, sand-barred mouth. … Continue reading

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The Alegria Inn

What’s to like about the Alegria Inn, in the village of Mendocino? Here are a few things: The hosts. The Alegria’s owners, Eric and Elaine Wing Hillesland, are archetypal B&B owners; friendly,  helpful, accommodating, flexible and realistic, both interested and interesting. … Continue reading

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The Second Chocolate Post of 2010

On Valentine’s Day I stopped at the Mendocino Chocolate Company shop in the village of Mendocino to pick up a truffle for the Sig-O.  We don’t actually observe Valentine’s Day, but I said I’d blog more about chocolate, and here … Continue reading

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10,000 Buddhas

The town of Talmage in Mendocino County has a population of less than 1200.  The mean average income is $35,000/year.  The town is mostly white, but 16% Asian, which seems surprising in coastal northern California—surprising until you realize that most … Continue reading

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