Friday, December 28, 2012
Holidays at the Cabin in Mendocino
As I sit down to write this, I can see the ocean from my window, and I can hear the waves roar as they roll in. We are still at a cabin in Gualala, where we came to spend a week and to celebrate the holidays together.
The word Gualala means “water coming down place.” And once you visit the town and the area, you see why it was called that. All over the coast, every beach sees one or more streams drain their water into the Pacific Ocean. With the rain over the past few days, all those streams have grown, making some beach inaccessible to the public, carving new courses, and even knocking down paths and stairs.
Cooks beach is only a mile away from our cabin, and we have been going there pretty much every day. The beach is dog friendly and we can get there in no time. On Sunday or Monday, I can’t remember, we went down to Cooks beach to play frisbee with Bomber and ended up encountering one of the ocean’s biggest creatures: An elephant seal!
When we lived in Santa Barbara, we took several trips to Piedras Blancas, a beach these seals have claimed as their habitat. At Piedras Blancas there is a board walk and you can get pretty close to the seals, without risking getting too close to them. But, despite having seen these animals several times before, we had never been on the same beach as one of them!
At some point, the seal made a move towards us, and we immediately started running towards the path to go back up to the road. Shortly after, the seal stopped moving and got back to its sun tanning ritual, resting before mating and fighting seasons begin soon.
As I mentioned before, one day we headed 16 miles north to Point Arena, a small town where we bought amazing pastries at Franny (http://www.frannyscupandsaucer.com), a fabulous coffee shop in town. Here we also visited a light house, which has apparently become an obsession of mine. Well, let’s put it this way, if there is a lighthouse in the area, within driving distance, I really make an effort to go see it or, in this case, I really express my desire to go see it and ask Joe to do the drive there! He is the best!!!
I hope you enjoyed the photos on this post. I sure had fun trying to capture the beauty of this part of the Mendocino coast, but there is still so much more to see here! For more fun photos, visit my Etsy store at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WorldPhotosByPaola
Happy holidays to everyone who reads this blog. I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for all of you and your loved ones! I know that 2013 is looking pretty good in many ways. Hopefully next year will bring many trips to faraway places where I can try to capture some images with my camera!