The Adventure Continues… Ukiah

Back in the 1990s the Big Guy and I briefly considered relocating¬† from the Sacramento Valley to the area around Clear Lake, and the city of Ukiah (on U.S. 101, about a 30-minute drive from the lake’s north shore) looked to me like an attractive option. We never actually moved, and I never even managed to visit Ukiah — until […]

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Mendocino, at random

Mendocino may be a fairly small village, but it’s seriously packed with historic buildings, numerous water towers, and so many small details that even without stopping to do any shopping — okay, well, much shopping — I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of amazing finds. In this series of images, I’ve focused on a relatively small area that […]

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Colorful characters

As I wandered through the village of Mendocino earlier this month I found quite a few sculptures on the grounds outside the Mendocino Art Center, but others can be found randomly around town. One of the most prominent is the former Masonic Temple, built between 1866 and 1872. Its builder, Erik Albertson, topped it off with a sculpture that is […]

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The Adventure Continues… Lane Victory

Do you know the difference between a Victory ship and a Liberty ship? I didn’t, even though I’ve actually visited a Liberty ship — the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, currently docked at Pier 35 in San Francisco. Victory ships were larger than their Liberty ship predecessors and were powered by steam turbines for faster speed, as opposed to the earlier steam […]

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Blustery Wednesday

On a bright Mendocino afternoon in between rainstorms we set out to explore another potential fishing spot, this one along Hwy 1 north of Jughandle (near Fort Bragg). The sun was shining and the sky was bright blue — but it was so windy and cold we could barely walk along the cliff top. According to my hiking guide book […]

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Forest hike

I’m not sure if there’s a name for this phenomenon, but maybe you’ve noticed that whenever you’re driving carefully along a winding, narrow, possibly dirt road full of potholes searching for a specific location in the middle of nowhere, three miles can feel more like 50 miles. Just a few miles up Little Lake Road in Mendocino, not far from […]

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Rain, then snow

As we prepared to head home from the coast last Saturday, it was already raining intermittently, with a brief hailstorm earlier in the morning just to keep things interesting. The very real possibility of running into snow in the mountains between Fort Bragg and Willitts was definitely on our minds; we had no chains, and I was glad it was […]

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The Adventure Continues… Some very fine ladies

I was having a tough time choosing which of Huell Howser’s many episodes to feature today when I suddenly realized that March 8 is International Women’s Day. So I decided to observe the occasion by doing something a bit different for my post today: instead of just one, I’m highlighting a handful of episodes of Visiting which all celebrate some […]

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