March 10, 2015
I woke the first morning of my visit along the Northern California coast at a friend’s house in the village of Elk. I was alone, the kitchen toasty warm from the fire Jane had made for me before leaving for a day with her new grandchild. After a slow start, recovering from the previous day’s long drive from the Sierra Foothills, several ideas fell by the wayside and I decided to visit the botanical garden and the lighthouse, both about a 45 minute drive north, between Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
While the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden didn’t look particularly exciting from the road on this foggy day, it had been highly recommended. I parked in the well-planted lot in front and things started to look up as soon as I entered the shop and ticket office. A well-spoken woman greeted me, sold me a ticket and sent me on my way with a map clearly illustrating the distinct garden areas connected by meandering pathways that lead ultimately to the ocean, half a mile west.
Beautifully Crafted 7’ Deer Barrier
Pine Forest Trail to the Ocean
Parrish Family Pioneer Cemetery
Vegetable Garden, Serving the Local Food Bank
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