I recently spent a week in Mendocino, several hours north of San Francisco. We camped with friends at Russian Gulch State Park, a few miles north of the town, and spent a final night at Glendeven Inn, a lovely farmstead B&B on the coast, amongst llamas and chickens.
I hadn’t been this far north in years, when a college friend and I passed through in 2007. Looking at California as a whole, it’s not that far north, as you’d still have to drive four more hours to reach Eureka (which is 100 miles south of the Oregon border). I’d like to spend more free, uninterrupted time exploring the state, but with my job, and now my weekends reserved for tiny house building, it’s hard to find this kind of time.
I love this part of Northern California, from the Mendocino coast to Anderson Valley: a more remote, untamed version of Sonoma County. We’re now considering the area for our future tiny house location.
View from the coastal trail at Mendocino Headlands State Park.
Kayaking through sea caves with Kayak Mendocino at Van Damme State Park, three miles south of the town of Mendocino, on Highway 1. This sheltered area was full of jellyfish, kelp, and seafoam — it felt like I was stirring soup with my paddle.