In the quiet places
We spent the past week exploring up and down the Mendocino coast while the Big Guy looked for some new favorite fishing spots. The downside of these adventures is that I only occasionally get a chance to visit popular beaches and hiking trails, take a wander through the Mendocino Botanical Gardens and the local museums, or sit and contemplate in a grove of redwoods. The very definite upside, however, is that most of the beautiful spots we discover offer an escape from congested parking lots and traffic or the clamor of other people’s voices.
Of course the Northern California coast consists of many miles of amazing shoreline; our challenge is discovering locations where access isn’t blocked by (sometimes very expensive) seaside houses and other private property posted with No Trespassing signs. And once the Big Guy is satisfied that he’s found the perfect spot to cast his line in search of rockfish, he still has to grapple with the complicating factors of wind and tide. I’m lucky that I can shoot even when it’s too windy to fish!