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Friday we visited the village of Mendocino. It has been a number of years since we were last there, and I'm afraid the experience has gone somewhat downhill. Externally, not much has changed. The businesses, however, have skewed far more towards typical tourist boutiques. Seems like there were fewer galleries, and those that exist contain rather sparse offerings that were often rather bizarre. Gone were old favorites like the Mayhew Wildlife Art Gallery, and nothing similar to replace them. The scenery remains beautiful. Below is another large panorama, 8286 by 540 pixels. Again, when you click on the thumbnail, be sure to scroll the image that results.
Saturday was "Great Day in Elk." Elk, also known as Greenwood, is located about 16 miles south of Mendocino. They have an annual community celebration that includes a parade down Highway 1. The population of Elk is listed as 250, but I've seen reports that it is highly exaggerated. Great Day swells that population considerably. Here are some parade pictures:
Leaving Elk, we traveled another 20 miles down to Point Arena and the lighthouse located there. This one is used in a number of movies, so it is fairly recognizable. It is unique because it is vertical-walled rather than tapered - a design to resist earthquakes. The current lighthouse dates to 1907, having been built to replace one severely damaged by the '06 quake. A large group of motorcycles arrived on a charity run while we were there.
When we were in Oregon I took several pictures of Holly running in sand. This time I managed to get a series taken at half-second intervals. These pictures were taken in dunes one bluff north of Point Arena. She runs so fast it is hard to track her with the telephoto and get the shots, so there's only 5 here, but they illustrate the intensity of her running:
Tuesday was flower day. We started with a visit to the 47-acre Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, followed by a trip to Fuchsiarama, north of Ft. Bragg.
Wednesday we returned home to Arcata. We had travelled down via Highway 1 from Leggett, but that was not a great road to take in a 102-inch wide-body! After talking with other motor home owners in Ft Bragg, we made our return trip by Highway 20 to Willits. Doesn't look like much of a road on the map, but in reality is quite easy to navigate. Although we traveled more miles on the return trip, we took less time.
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