I have done a few Route 101/1 road trips but I've only lightly traveled north of San Francisco. SMS and I have gone to Tomales Bay twice and even made it up to Jenner once, but I was really interested in going further towards the true North Coast.
|Mendocino Beach, picture taken at that unfortunate moment |
when a nice smile suddenly spasms.
Anyway, SMS and I got our respective tasks done and hit the road. The trip took just over four hours which was a little long for the end of the work week but I wanted to have Saturday free from any major driving. We pulled up to the Sweetwater Inn, retrieved our key from the porch, settled in and passed out.
The next morning, we enjoyed muffins delivered to our door in addition to some passable coffee made in the little four-cup in our room. Then it was off to walk through the Mendocino Headlands. It was an absolutely gorgeous place! The ocean was so powerful and waves would pound against the rocks with huge breaks and spray. The shoreline was getting pummeled and it was just incredibly impressive how much power lies within the ocean.
|Totem against Sleeper Waves?|
|SMS showing off his fancy Japanese umbrella- the print only shows up when wet.|
After our State Park hike, we decided to walk through town and grab an early lunch since the muffins were not high-satiety items. We walked into the Mendocino Market, where SMS said we should listen to our noses ("Bacon!") and we ordered delicious sandwiches. I had a tuna melt on sourdough (amazing!) and SMS had a BLT. I wasn't as big a fan of the BLT and I have decided in my cooking mind that there should be a Winter BLT for when tomatoes aren't Summertime awesome. Maybe a tomato jam with amazingly paired cheese plus the BT? I may work on this idea...don't steal it!
|Guess which trail we took?|
We headed back to Mendocino and went to the hotel spa. Unfortunately, Japan has ruined American spas for us since people here are gross and don't bathe very well, which could be overlooked except for the gross foamy bubbles that result. Yuck. The hot water felt great but still...yuck.