Thursday, December 3, 2015

A lighthouse, a winery on the edge, and a dramatic sky

Time wants to just fly by!
I remind myself after this short blogging hiatus how I love stopping time with three-day weekends and filling them with incredible vistas, exquisite light and treasured moments  - these quick getaways, done every few months, invigorate me, take me to destinations unknown or rediscovered. With a busy work life and a busy high schooler, my days are very full; so stepping outside, putting foot to pedal, grabbing my companion and heading out of town - is a sweet blessing. 

On a recent escapade, the Mendocino coast beckoned yet again. The stops along the way were new. North and South of Mendocino we meandered - from back roads to picturesque ocean views on one hand and rolling California hills on the other. South of Mendocino, we stopped between Albion and Little River. Here the coastline definitely starts kicking into high gear. The sky that day was busy with intricate cloud formations. We walked along the bluff and stood in awe. A pristine blue sky would have been dull in comparison The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse stood prim and proper against that stormy sky. Pushing north, tucked on the edges of the Pacific Ocean a few miles past Fort Bragg was another delightful discovery - the Pacific Star Winery with its barrels basking in the damp ocean air. You feel as though you have stepped into the mouth of the San Andreas Fault with all the deeply eroded and etched crevasses denting the dark coastline. Quite a setting indeed!

Between the drive along Anderson Valley to the coast, the lighthouse, the winery, the stunning scenery, the spectacular skies, a glass of "It's Not My Fault" in hand, we were smitten. The winery guesthouse beckoned, but we pushed on, through The Avenue of The Giants to wrap it up with dinner in Eureka and a night even further north in Trinidad, not too far from the Oregon border - I must save that northern corner of California for another blog - The skies just kept getting better!
I do believe you will be planning your 3 day weekend in no time - 
You see... It is good for the soul...
Enjoy as always , Adeline

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