The Coast Is Clear

We arrived home from Europe on November 1, and enjoyed two weeks in Lake Chelan, Washington. Our stay there gave us time to decompress from four months of European travel, get used to the nine-hour time change, and have some much needed rest and relaxation. We then spent a busy two weeks in Western Washington taking care of business, doctor appointments, time with family and friends, and packing to travel to the Southwest for the next seven months.

On the road again on December 2, we stopped in Lebanon, Oregon the first night after a white knuckle rainy drive down from the Puget Sound area of Washington. We decided to forego another day of white knuckling because the coast was clear, as they say, from Oregon south. You might remember, we tried to drive Highway 1 down the Oregon and California coast in the spring, but historic rainfall made this difficult at best so we pulled out. After a lunch and walk around Florence, we stopped in Bandon, Oregon and stayed just a short walk from the beach. The next morning, we enjoyed an early frosty get up with views of the super moon as it was saying its good night at the same time the sun was greeting the day.

We spent a night in Eureka, California then drove the circuitous drive on Highway 1 to the family owned Little River Inn outside Mendocino and enjoyed ocean views for 3 nights. Having not been in Mendocino previously, we wandered about the cute little town and beach areas.  Other than the beautiful water views, and catching the first and last rays of light on the Pacific Ocean spread out before us, one of the highlights for me was the 1872 Masonic Hall with the single redwood block carving located on the its roof. I understand the carving may be interpreted to represent time, patience, and perseverance accomplishing all things.

We moved on to Calistoga for 2 nights. We stayed here in the spring and had wanted to pop in again, as it’s our favorite of the Napa Valley towns. While there we enjoyed the Oak Mill trail hike.

Thanks for joining our journey.
Stay tuned,
DaM